“McCrory: Get the NCGA back into session!”

Today, we would like to thank Senator Kay Hagan who voiced her concern for NC Film and the lack of economic development funds during Rep Mike McIntyre’s Business Summit in Washington.  She told the crowd that state lawmakers should extend the film incentives.

With that being said we only have a few more weeks until the Governor can no longer bring the General Assembly back into session.  So, now more than ever, we need to let Governor Pat McCrory know just how important it is that he does so. There is more than just film at stake.  Just like Sen. Hagan said there is a major LACK in economic development.  The Pender County Board of Commissioners has already reminded McCrory that the NCGA needs to reinstate the much needed economic programs that has served North Carolina well over the years.  Many other counties will lose out as well with Brunswick County being one of them, too.

There are provisions of H 1224 that have not been addressed and are needed here in North Carolina. Rep. Susi Hamilton said last month that there are things that are desperately needed by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Revenue.  These include, but are not limited to, Crowd Funding, JMAC, JDIG, solar energy tax credits and the Secretary’s new Catalyst Fund.

A special session is needed for JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.  And I need your help telling him just that!  It’s time for Governor McCrory to address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year.

Here are two special email addresses for you:

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NCMAIL.NET

GOVERNOR.OFFICE@NC.GOV

Again, please tell the Governor to get the NCGA back into session and address the economic development crisis because job creation cannot wait until next year!

FILM INCENTIVES: Passes in the House – Ted Davis is our champion!

Our buddy  Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County has thrown the Hail Mary pass on the House floor, the one year extension that we’ve been praying for for the past couple weeks.  This amendment is not a grant but what is similar to what he originally proposed and got shot down early on in the short session.This time  they would the cap the credit amount for the year at $40 million with the refund to go down to 22.5%.  This part was something that was in his original plan and also what the production companies said they could live with.The amendment to also would lower the max amount a feature or TV production could get from $20 million to $15 million, which is just fine.  Iron Man 3 was the only one who has reached that limit (to my knowledge anyway).  And what we’ve also asked for as we made the 1000s of phone calls and emails, another study to see just how film impacts our state.

A film or TV production would also be required to put an NC logo at the end of a film or TV show as well as identity of each location where they filmed.

It was a very emotional and beautiful speech to the House. “I feel like I am at a murder trial,” said Ted Davis as he began his plead to the House to vote on the amendment. “and there is a death sentence for the North Carolina film incentives.”

I will have the audio up soon. (it will blow your mind)

After Davis poured his heart out, some of Representatives got up to either support or oppose the amendment.

Rep. Charles Jeter from Mecklenberg supported the amendment.

Rep. Paul Stam from Wake County opposed it.

Rep. Jeff Collins from Nash County opposed it.

Rep. Michael Speciale from Craven County opposed it.

Rep. Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County opposed it.

Rep. Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

Rep. Frank Iler from Brunswick County supported the amendment.

Rep. Mike Hager from Rutherford County opposed it.

Speaker Tillis from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

The vote in the House was:   77 YAY  and  36 NAY

PLEASE CONTACT: Ted Davis, Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Charles Jeter, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Thom Tillis and THANK them for their support!!!  Great job everyone!

Next step – 3rd reading is tomorrow for the entire bill 763, not just the amendment.  Then, it goes to the Senate!

UPDATE: I am now hearing that the Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning, only to take a two week break and join up again to vote on the amendments set forth.  I should have more details tomorrow. I will keep you posted!

Bill Vassar, Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC responded: “We are absolutely thrilled at the passion of Rep. Ted Davis and the miracle that occurred this afternoon. We want to salute and thank Ted Davis for his unwavering efforts and support. We also want to thank NC House Speaker Thom Tillis for his passionate speech in favor of the bill on the House floor. We hope our colleagues in the NC Senate will see the same value in this bill as it moves forward.” – See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/film-incentive-rep-ted-davis-amendment-house-successful/#sthash.L3WYRqhD.dpuf

WHO VOTED YES AND WHO VOTED NO?

DEMOCRATS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Adams; Alexander; Baskerville; Bell, L.; Brandon; Brisson; Carney; Cotham; Cunningham; Earle; Farmer-Butterfield; Fisher; Floyd; Gill; Glazier; Graham, C.; Graham, G.; Hall, D.; Hall, L.; Hamilton; Hanes; Holley; Insko; Jackson; Lucas; Luebke; Martin, G; Meyer; Michaux; Mobley; Moore, R.; Pierce; Queen; Reives; Richardson; Terry; Tine; Tolson; Waddell; Wilkins; Wray

REPUBLICANS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Brawley, R.; Brawley, W.; Brody; Bryan; Burr; Catlin; Conrad; Daughtry; Davis; Dollar; Faircloth; Hollo; Holloway; Horn; Hurley; Iler; Jeter; Johnson; Lambeth; Lewis; Malone; McNeill; Moore, T. (CHAIR); Ramsey; Ross, S.; Saine; Samuelson; Schaffer; Setzer; Shepard; Steinburg; Tillis (SPEAKER); Torbett; Turner; Warren, H.; West

DEMOCRATS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Goodman; Harrison

REPUBLICANS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Arp; Avila; Bell, J.; Blust; Boles; Brown, B.; Bumgardner; Cleveland; Collins; Dixon; Dobson; Elmore; Ford; Hager; Hardister; Howard; Jones; Jordan; Langdon; Martin, S; McGrady; Millis; Moffitt; Murry; Pittman; Presnell; Riddell; Speciale; Stam; Stevens; Stone; Szoka; Wells; Whitmire