SACRAMENTO, CA - Legislation to extend Hollywood tax credits until 2017 has gone on to the Governor's desk. Those opposed to the legislation include the California Teachers Association who don't think the state should grant tax credits to Hollywood when so many of its members are facing lay-offs.
The American Cancer Society is opposed to any film getting the break that is not tobacco free.
But local actor and Screen Actors Guild representative Charlie Holliday doesn't think the current legislation goes far enough.
"We just lost a national commercial that was going to be shot here in Sacramento," he said, "it went to New Mexico because they have a much better program than we have. So does Louisiana, they're building soundstages there. So does North Carolina, so does Bulgaria, so does Canada!"
Hollywood used to do a lot of on-location shooting in the Sacramento area including films like INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, DRAGON FLY, TRIPLE X, POWER RANGERS, PHENOMENON. But such activity has dwindled in recent years.
"When a movie comes to town," Holliday said, "they rent furniture locally. They buy locally. The caterer buys locally. They stay in hotels, they buy gas...and we created last year because of that little incentive program (some) 20-thousand jobs."
The Senate on Friday passed AB2027 on a 32-2 vote. The Assembly passed SB1197 on a 62-3 vote. The tax credit was first established by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 to help keep film jobs in the state. It is set to expire in 2015. The new legislation would extend the credit until 2017.
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