Thirty-five members of California’s congressional delegation urged Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign legislation greatly expanding the state’s tax subsidies for film and television production in a letter, arguing that “the future of our state’s economy and cultural identity depends on it.”
“For years, out state has lost tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and significant revenue to other states that have more attractive tax incentive programs,” the letter, dated Wednesday, reads. “A meaningful expanded credit is necessary to bring back these jobs, lost revenue, and support small businesses and vendors all across the Golden State.”
Brown has expressed support for the entertainment industry, but hesitation over increasing subsidies, calling it an “arms race” with other states and countries that also offer subsidies.
The letter was signed by 34 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Paul Cook.