The House will be back in session at 10am on Wednesday but HB15 is NOT on the calendar to be heard.

Members who were planning to turn out at the Roundhouse Wednesday should wait until the bill is scheduled. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, thank you to the many members who placed phone calls to Speaker Tripp, House Majority Leader Gentry, and other representatives today. It is definitely having an impact, and we encourage everyone to keep up the calls on Wednesday.

When you call, please be calm and respectful. Tell them your personal connection to the film industry, what business you’re in, how you’ve invested and hired people and grown a career and a family, and tell them that is why you oppose HB15.

If you feel like it, you might tell them a few other things as well, such as:

– The Film Incentive Pays for Itself. According to the third phase of the independent study of the film industry commissioned by the Martinez administration, Film Induced Tourism generates $54.4 million in state and local tax revenues, more than paying back the state’s $50 million annual investment. See our guest editorial in Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal for more information.

– The Film Industry Creates Jobs. The story of your job is the most important thing to tell them about, but Phase 1 of the independent study found more than 15,878 jobs – and over $1.5 Billion in economic impact.

– $1.2 Billion in Targeted Tax Incentives. Most people don’t know that New Mexico law contains hundreds and hundreds of targeted tax incentives costing the state an estimated $1.2 Billion a year, of which the film incentive is only a small $50 million piece. Unlike film, many of those other programs are uncapped. Why aren’t we taking a comprehensive look at ALL of the tax incentives in the state’s so-called Tax Expenditure Budget? How about fixing the High Wage Job Tax Credit, which has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from companies in industries that the credit was not originally intended for (such as, ironically, some oil companies in the districts represented by the proponents of this bill)?

– Check out our website at fbanm.com for more information.

In case you’ve missed our previous updates (click HERE to read them all), HB15 was introduced by four Republican representatives to make a temporary, one-year reduction in the film incentive program cap from $50M per year to $30M per year.

The bill was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday on a party-line, 7-5 vote, after four hours of testimony in which a number of film industry representatives spoke eloquently in opposition to this destructive bill.

Want to help? Call House Speaker Don Tripp at (575) 835-2465, House Majority Leader Nate Gentry at (505) 508-0782, and some of the individuals below, especially if you live in their district:

Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-ABQ): (505) 847-6391

Paul Pacheco (R-ABQ): 505-263-9235

Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo): 505-934-1075

Monica Youngblood (R-ABQ): 505-342-6250

Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho): 505-554-7970

Tim Lewis: 505-986-4252

Larry Larranaga (R – ABQ): 505-986-4320

JIm Dines (R – ABQ): 505-400-8316

IF YOU LIVE IN LAS LUNAS OR DONA ANA, PLEASE CALL:

Alonzo Baldonado (Valencia – Las Lunas): 505-363-6214

Kelly Fajardo (Valencia – Las Lunas): 505-573-0471

Terry McMillan (Dona Ana): 575-635-0534

Rick Little (Dona Ana): (505) 986-4782

We will follow up tomorrow with further action steps our members can take, including further emails and phone calls, and instructions for turning out later in the week if you can make it up to the Roundhouse.

For more information on the film industry in New Mexico, visit our website at www.fbanm.com

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