Friday, March 5, 2010

Time to Turn Up the Industry Advocacy Again

This week there has been movement related to the Film, Television and Video Promotion Program at the Legislature.  Our lobbyists have informed us that the Senate Ways and Means committee is leaning towards including the suspension bill into the large tax credit program bill which should be introduced next week.  At first, it may seem like bad news, but in the end, our lobbyists believe it will end up the same as if SF 2319, the current suspension bill, was passed.

Senator Dotzler informed our lobbyists that the program suspension under the large tax credit program bill would be for two years, instead of one; however, Senator Dotzler will still convene a group during the summer to craft program changes and, at the start of the next session,  immediately try to get the changes passed and the suspension date lifted upon enactment of the revision bill.  If this would occur, the suspension could be lifted prior to July 1, 2011, which would prove out better than the current suspension bill.  While IMPA is not pleased with this current situation, Senator Dotzler reminded us that Senator Bolkcom and Senator Quirmbach are still working on bills that would eliminate the program.  One of these bills, SSB 3121 will most likely pass out of subcommittee at a meeting on Monday at 2 pm in room 22.

It is time to turn up the volume on our advocacy again.  Your work has made a huge difference, thus far, and is required to kill the elimination bill.  Please write or call your elected officials to remind them of virtues of the program and ask them to fix it, not nix it.  Visit http://www.legis.state.ia.us/FindLeg/, to determine who your legislative representatives are and to obtain their e-mail addresses.  An e-mail template is provided below for your use.  Also, please forward this message to your contacts and encourage them to do the same.

IMPA representatives will be at the Senate Subcommittee meeting on Monday and encourages you to attend to show support for the program if your schedule allows.

Email Template

INSERT NAME,

Do not eliminate the Film, Television and Video Promotion Program!

The program provides multiple benefits to Iowa’s economy and culture. The tax incentives facilitated a fast growing and exciting economic engine for Iowa during a severe economic downturn.  It should be recognized that the film promotion program was achieving its intended goals prior to the suspension.

The Film, Television and Video Promotion Program:
·     Creates skilled/high technology employment
·     Diversifies state’s economic industries
·     Attracts new and retains current residents
·     Funnels out-of-state money into local economies
·     Acts as a promotional vehicle for the state
·     Increases state tourism

Film, television and video production is a clean, green industry that provides good jobs in both urban and rural locations. Please visit, http://tinyurl.com/filmeconimpact, to view a snapshot of the economic impact this program has had on our state.

It is my understanding that SSB 3121 will likely be voted out of the Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Monday.  I ask for you not to support this bill and to work towards fixing the program instead of eliminating it.

Kind regards,
INSERT NAME & CONTACT INFO

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