Friends of Film in Arizona ,
Unless the Governor decides to come out in support of it, the Multimedia Production Incentive bill is dead.
Please call her office today and let her know you want this bill to be heard on the House floor. Governor's Phoenix Office Number: (602) 542.4331
Governor's Tucson Office Number: (520) 628.6580
The state budget was passed by the House last night without our bill included in it. This is the death knell for HB2127 unless we can get it on the agenda today. The Governor needs to ask the Speaker to put it on the agenda.
We have the votes, 33 (we need 31), so we are confident that it will pass. Apparently, they are confident that it will pass too. Hence, the bill was held in the House for the third time in three years.
By holding the bill in the House, the Governor avoids having to veto it.
Call right NOW, and there is still a chance we can change the course of HB2127.
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Tucson, AZ 85701
From: Mike Kucharo [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:20 AM
To: Roxanne Chaisson
Subject: URGENT call the governor Mulit-media Production Incentive
There is no easy way to tell everyone this. I wish I knew how to ease into it or find some sort of positive in it, but I can't.
Unless the governor comes out in support, the Mulit-media Production Incentive bill is dead. It will not be heard in the House this session.
Late last night when the budget was finally passed it was passed with some compromises that no one really wanted to make to avoid a veto from the governor. She wanted more cuts than the legislature was willing to make so they compromised. One of the compromises was to not put any new tax credits in the budget, not just ours but a whole slew of them. I don't know the exact number but it doesn't matter anyway. So to get a budget passed that she would accept that's what they did.
We have the votes to pass the House, just as we did in the Senate. We were told it would be heard today and would be posted this morning but during the late night hassles over the budget we were sacrificed. We had hoped that when it passed the governor would feel enough pressure to not veto it and just let it become law. To protect the same political party governor from that kind of pressure, the leadership made the decision to not force her into something that could possibly damage her public image. This is where politics and doing what's right collide. It becomes very personal … elections over governance.
So as of now HB-2127 won't be heard. If it is heard it will pass and this very conservative governor will have to let it go unsigned or veto it. Neither option would help her already rocky relationship with the legislature, and because they still have to work together on other state business our bill is being sacrificed.
Unless there is some dramatic turn around in Brewer's position its over.
Our one last hope is that she hears from people about losing their homes, their jobs and any potential for another in the business. Call right NOW, We are also trying to set up a meeting with her office and the Disney people to dhow that the economic effect would be immediate, not the two years down the road that the state study projects. There is still a slight chance but it's up to you.
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