Just keeping you updated. Nothing is scheduled for today concerning film. The House is not reconvening until Thursday and we don’t know what time yet.
On a side note, my sources are telling me Thom Tillis is fundraising in D.C. so they won’t be meeting until the Speaker of the House returns.
However, this gives us more time to make our phone calls and let our voices be heard.
Don’t forget our Hail Mary pass …
If they are going to create new incentive program. If they are changing positions on providing incentives to recruit business, then…
“We we want our current NC film incentives to be a part of this bill. HB 1224 would be the perfect vehicle to place our current film incentives in for ONE YEAR EXTENSION.”
They can call it a grant, call it a fund, but it is what it is, an incentive. And we need to tell them so.
Let’s continue to make those calls today.
Sen. Phil Berger (President Pro Tempore)
Rep. Julia Howard
Rep. Rick Catlin
Rep. Chris Millis
Rep. Robert Brawley
Sen. Bill Rabon
Sen. Bob Rucho
Sen. David Curtis
Will we have to continue to add an insert?
*“The creation of a closing fund and the expansion of the JDIG credit was a recommendation in our jobs plan, and it will increase North Carolina’s competitiveness against other states across the country,” said John Lassiter, chairman of the N.C. Economic Development Board. INSERT: UNLESS IT’S FILM RELATED.
*“The Department of Commerce, under the leadership of Secretary Sharon Decker, has made great strides in recruiting new jobs and businesses to our local communities, and this bill ensures it is well-equipped to expand its efforts and recruit even more jobs to our state,” said Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), co-chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. INSERT: UNLESS IT’S FILM INDUSTRY JOBS.
*“Our responsibility as elected officials is to not only make sure students have the skills necessary to join the workforce when they graduate, but to also do all we can to ensure there are jobs for them when that time comes,” said Sens. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) and Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg), co-chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee. “That’s why we are giving local governments the option to designate additional revenues toward education at the K-12 and community college levels – because there is no greater investment we can make than in preparing our children for the future.” INSERT: UNLESS YOU GO TO FILM SCHOOL.
*Quotes from Press Release from President Pro Tempore Senator Phil Berger (July 16th, 2014) “Senate Bill Expands Job Recruitment, Economic Development Toolkit.”