A Message From PAFIA's Lobbyist: 2019...A Look Back / 2020...Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:16 AM | Jaymie Macek (Administrator)

2019…. A look back
In June of 2019, the state increased the film tax credit allocation nearly 10%, raising the annual cap to $70 million. On June 4th, PAFIA, along with QVC, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and our friends at the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Film Offices, hosted a legislative reception in the Capitol. More than 50 elected officials attended, including the Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. The event was co-hosted by Senators Camera Bartolotta and Tom Killion, along with Representatives Tim Briggs and Steve Barrar, who helped to make the event a great success. PAFIA looks forward to making this event bigger and better in 2020.

On October 31st, the House Democratic Policy Committee hosted a Film Tax Credit hearing at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Representatives Maria Donatucci and Joe Ciresi were the local “hosts” of the hearing. Past PAFIA Board Member Mike McCann was part of a panel during the hearing. PAFIA advocated for an increase to the annual allocation, which would provide for more certainty and predictability. The House Democratic members who attended were very enthusiastic about increasing the cap.

In addition, Mike McCann, M. Night Shyamalan provided testimony and spoke to how the decisions are being made about filming locations. He shared information about programs in Georgia and other states. Carrie Lepore from the Pennsylvania Film Office, the Motion Picture Association of America, and others testified in favor of the credit and the economic benefits to the state and local communities where productions are shot.

As we wrap up 2019, PAFIA would like to thank all the members of the association for your support. Those of you who are actively engaged can attest that PAFIA is making a difference in Harrisburg, as well as back home in the legislative districts. If you are involved, stay involved. If you are thinking about getting involved, PLEASE GET INVOLVED.

2020…. Looking Ahead
As the Legislature returns to session in January, PAFIA looks forward to building off of all the great things we did in 2019.

The Governor will provide his annual budget address on Tuesday, February 4th. Following the Governor’s Budget Address, the House and Senate will host 5 weeks of hearings on what the Governor has proposed. PAFIA will be advocating and monitoring all aspects of the process, but especially when the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Film Office testifies about the benefits of the film industry in the Commonwealth.

PAFIA will be ready to advocate and fight for a SIGNIFICANT increase to the program in 2020!

PAFIA wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PAFIA)
461 Cochran Road, Box 246
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
(717) 833-4561  info@pafia.org

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