Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Museum of the American Resolution on the film tax credit.

Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program and what more the state can do to expand the film industry. They were joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“Pennsylvania has been the backdrop of many popular movies and TV productions, and an attractive incentives program will keep it a viable option for drivers in the film industry,” Donatucci said. “The economic benefits are vast. Expanding the film industry is not only investment in the local arts culture, but also industries, such as the trades and small businesses.”

Ciresi added, “When we invest in the arts and provide tax credits to filmmakers, studies show we can benefit through economic opportunity and higher civic engagement. When you consider all of the expenses that will be incurred while filming, the numbers begin to add up quickly between travel expenses and purchases from local merchants. We need to attract more leaders from the film industry to choose Pennsylvania.”

Sturla said, “As today’s hearing revealed, Pennsylvania should remain competitive with the many states seeking television and film production, which bring millions of dollars of economic development and jobs into the Commonwealth. We must continue to grow the film industry for the benefit of our state economy and all Pennsylvanians”

Testifiers included the Department of Community and Economic Development; Sharon Pinkenson, executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office; filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan; and others from the film industry. For hearing testimonies and video, go to www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.