This time the film industry folks. Can you believe there is a bill going into committee tomorrow that will stop the state incentives paid to the film industry to keep them filming in NM? You may not know, but NM is not the only state offering these incentives. We are just the best state for the film industry that offers them.

Uh Huh. HB725. Basically this bill kills the incentive program. Oh, and just for kicks, it also kills the loan program. No modifications, no caps, no nothing. Just Dead. And on the 1st of July, too, this year. So if you're not working now, your last movie was your last movie. Please read this and act on it if you feel moved to do so. As many of you know, the film industry is one of my happy places right now and these folks are excellent New Mexicans who want to stay here, to work love and live at home.

The first part of what is below pertains to those of you who may want to wander up to Santa Fe, (perhaps try out the Rail Runner?) Those who feel moved to write, please skip to the names below and be sure to do it tonight!!!
This is a message from Jon Hendry of the film workers union with some good advice and a request for contact with legislators. Writing to people in your area is most effective.

The committee is very unlikely to start at 1:30. If you do plan to come, check with Tom Rutherford, Film Industry Lobbyist, to learn more about timing ~ (505) 265-7129 or

HB 725 is scheduled in House Business & Industry Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 130p.

This doesn't mean it's going to be heard as there are a lot of bills on that calendar, and that's a good a thing. The longer it takes to hear it, the less time there would be to continue it on through the process if it does pass. It would need at least one more committee meeting in the House, a hearing on the House Floor, and then the entire process would need to be repeated on the Senate side. Representative Kintigh is running out of time.

Here's what we need from you. More calls, emails and faxes to the numbers below. We need to keep the pressure up, or even increase it. Many of you have copied me on your correspondence, and they're all brilliant.

But may I suggest to you that your email or letter will have just as much an effect if it is short and we should really try and concentrate, in this particular committee, on the business side of the argument and emphasize that 3,000 jobs would be immediately eliminated with another 6,000 in the next few months. I particularly have appreciated the respectful tone in all the emails I have read.

If you plan to be there tomorrow, just know that this may not be heard. I think the chances are no greater than 50/50. If you are called upon to speak, remember this is the Business & Industry Committee. Keep your arguments short and frame them to the Committee's purpose. If, God forbid, we end up in the next committee, Taxation & Revenue, we'll have a whole different set of arguments, focusing on how much the State will lose.


Tuesdays & Thursdays - 1:30 p.m. - Room 309
Here's who to contact:
Representative Dennis Kintigh (R) sponsor, from Roswell
Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Debbie Rodella (D) committee chair, from Espanola,
Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Thomas Garcia (D) from Ocate
Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon (D) from Grants area
Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Andrew Barreras (D) from Belen, Los Lunas area ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Jose Campos (D) mayor of Santa Rosa ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Keith Gardner (R) from Roswell ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Dona Irwin (D) from Deming ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Sandra Jeff (D) Gallup area
Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R) Rio Rancho area ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Thomas Taylor (R) Farmington area ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Jim Trujillo (D) Santa Fe ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

Representative Shirley Tyler (R) Lea County ~ Fax (505) 986-4610

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Comment by Chris K. on March 3, 2009 at 4:34am
Thanks for posting this. I could go on and on, but I will just say that I know of many New Mexico families who would lose their incomes if this passes.
Comment by Sally on March 3, 2009 at 10:35am
We can never count on Veto power.
Comment by Tricross on March 3, 2009 at 11:13am
I'm not trying to be a PIA. But could someone explain to me why giving the movie industry massive tax incentives is looked upon favorably while TIDDs for developers is not?
Comment by brian botkiller on March 3, 2009 at 11:26am
I have emailed. If this passes, our state is again just proving it's own ineptness.
Comment by dolores on March 3, 2009 at 12:17pm
I have never understood why they wanted to give the film folks a less than encouraging message? It seemed like a good thing for a state desperate for jobs.......but I am not the sharpest tack when it comes to the subtile ins and outs of politics, which this is of course. But Aaron has posted some good information. Things I have never thought about. When does a sensible tax break become a handout or more perks for big business that never trickles down to anything meaningful for residents and citizens and joe blow?
Aaron you seem to have some facts under your belt. Do you know if the info is available to find out what the ratio between the money we dont get to keep by giving them a tax break and the money going into NMexicans
pockets? Just curious
Comment by Sarahjmd on March 3, 2009 at 12:30pm
I think it is more of a rebate than a tax break, but I may be comparing apples and oranges. The way it was explained to me is that it is like a kick-back - for so much spent here, they get so much back. There have been two impact studies done so far. The one done by NMSU showed it wasn't working in our best interest, so another study was ordered, and it was more far reaching as to how much was actually being spent as a result of the film industry being here and its conclusion was much more favorable to the state.
Comment by Sarahjmd on March 3, 2009 at 12:33pm
Thanks Oliver - you must have posted that while I was writing. Those were the studies I was talking about.
Comment by dolores on March 3, 2009 at 1:07pm
I dont know? I do know quite a few people making a darn good living working for the movie people here. Also beefing up their resumes and turning this into a career. I have often wondered how many of the jobs are being given to New Mexicans though. Sure even if they bring folks in those folks will spend money but I dont think thats enough. They need to hire local people totally. Do they??
Comment by Dave Smooth on March 3, 2009 at 1:13pm
The movie industry is not a transient industry. Wendy, you have NO CLUE as to what you are talking about. People working in the industry here own homes and is that transient? Removing the incentives will do more than just kill filming here. It will kill small businesses, such as restaurants and small locally owned businesses that provide service to the film industry. I bet you didn't know that for every dollar the state incenitve program provides, that $1.65 comes back into our economy? I may not be a math wiz, but that seems like a money making venture, not a money losing venture.

Yes, I do work in the film industry, as does my father (second generation IATSE here). We choose to make New Mexico our home, and have for over 30 years now, and can not understand why we should be punished for wanting to stay in the land we love and actually make a good, honest living.

There should be no question that ALL New Mexicans should NOT support this bill.
Comment by Dave Smooth on March 3, 2009 at 1:31pm
Dolores, part of the incentive program is that the productions MUST hire a certain percentage of New Mexico residents to qualify. All the productions are audited and residence status has to be proved for the production company to get any money. The local film union here has 1200 members and are the biggest crew base between the coasts....made up of New Mexicans.

Hope that answered your question.


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