From: Shelli Hall [mailto:SHall@visittucson.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:20 AM
Subject: HB2127 - Call to Action - Please forward
Friends of Film in Arizona,
HB2127, the Multimedia Production Incentives bill, is presently stalled at the state legislature, and, we need your help, again, to get it moving.
Please contact the Senate President, Senator Pierce, and respectfully ask that HB2127 be added to the Rules Committee and Caucus Agendas.
Sen. Steve Pierce / President
HB2127: MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION INCENTIVES Talking Points
· JOBS, JOBS, JOBS - Not only jobs for industry personnel (14,000 plus who live in Arizona and commute to work in other states that have incentive programs), but also creating more jobs in other industries (hotels, restaurants, car rental, retail, etc.)
· NEW JOBS and NEW REVENUES - will start immediately as TV series and feature films locate here, as construction jobs are created for planned soundstage facilities, to be followed by jobs at the facilities and with suppliers
· SALES TAX revenues for the State, Counties and Cities are generated
· TOURISM - Film locations bring tourists’ dollars. Arizona has some of the most beautiful and diverse locations in the US
· FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE - Not one penny, not one incentive, is issued by the State until after the private producer/developer spends hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, of private money in Arizona
· APPLICATION FEE - A non-refundable, substantial application fee is charged to productions who apply for this program
· A return of 8% on every credited dollar spent in the state - that's good for every Arizona taxpayer
· ACCOUNTABILITY - Audits and other accountability measures are mandated by the bill to ensure the money was properly spent
· EDUCATION AND MENTORING - the bill provides for ways to keep multimedia production students who attend our universities, community colleges, and private institutions from leaving the state to find jobs and to instead use that education (to which we all contribute) here.
· MAINTAINS AN INDUSTRY that has been here in Arizona since statehood, especially as we enter our Centennial year.
· I heard somewhere that a bill isn’t really dead until one quits trying to advance it. So thanks to all of you who are keeping HB2127 alive.
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