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Entertainment unions, groups
hail state film tax credit extension

Los Angeles Times, by Richard Verrier

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Posted By:beancounter, 9/30/2012 9:18:27 PM

A broad coalition of unions representing the entertainment industry hailed Governor Jerry Brown's decision to sign into law a two-year extension of California's film and television tax credit. "We commend the legislature and Gov. Brown for recognizing that the motion picture business is an integral part of the economic and cultural powerhouse that has been California during the last 100 years," said a statement issued by a coalition of entertainment industry unions, including the Directors Guild of America, the Teamsters, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and SAG-AFTRA. Brown approved legislation that was overwhelmingly supported by the state Assembly

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What's this? Democrats handing out $200 million in tax breaks to the film industry?

Somebody tell Jessica Alba and George Clooney that they're not paying their fair share.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: javaboy, 9/30/2012 9:26:53 PM     (No. 8901047)

However, those dirty capitalists in the other industries must pay more!



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Reply 2 - Posted by: wtm, 9/30/2012 9:35:45 PM     (No. 8901058)

Taxes for the rich !!!!!

OHHHH, enless you are in the Movie Industry !!!

(pays to have big fundraisers for the Dems)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 9/30/2012 10:20:00 PM     (No. 8901107)

Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana have given the film industry huge tax incentives to bring their projects here. They have - in droves. CA is just trying to stay competitive. Maybe they've learned that higher taxes drives away business.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MEMcL, 9/30/2012 10:53:14 PM     (No. 8901145)

#3. it is the government picking and choosing industries to give our tax dollars to, that is the scandal here.

There are a ton of businesses and industries that need tax relief. So, instead of trying to support the whole business community, Brown and this corrupt Democrat legislature spread their (our!) largess on unions and cronies.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 9/30/2012 11:06:40 PM     (No. 8901161)

I don't disagree at all. As a tv/film producer in Texas, I'm just explaining some of the rationale as to why this industry was chosen.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: CEP, 9/30/2012 11:52:38 PM     (No. 8901213)

Aren't these the people that are lecturing everyone about having to pay their fair share.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: billa, 10/1/2012 1:41:09 AM     (No. 8901305)

I really do not care that the entertainment industry gets some tax relief. It is a business which employs 100,000s of people.

What I would like to see is that ticket prices drop to half. Besides the garbage that has been filmed lately, the prices are so high (CA) you could go out to dinner, drinks and dancing for the same price.

By the way one of the many reasons why production costs are astronomical is because all the trade unions have wages so high, that a truck driver who only delivers the set - does not remove it or return it, makes well over $80,000 as well as the lighting people, the set people and many of the behind the scenes labor.

If shareholders and the executive producers of the major studios broke the union, just like every other industry that is strangle held by over paid union laborers, the employment numbers would sky rocket with free market and way more talented employees.

But status quo is so much easier.

Where are the Iacoccos and R. Reagans.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/1/2012 6:35:50 AM     (No. 8901452)

How about that? The fat cats in Tinsel Town make billions, but somehow they're the downtrodden who don't have to pay their fair share.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/1/2012 9:40:49 AM     (No. 8901766)

Isn't Chris Dodd a paid lobbiest for Hollyweird? He is a master of criminal moves.

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