Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Deval.. what are you thinking?

From the Herald: At least one Dem has some sense.

Gov. Deval Patrick greenlighted the renewal of a controversial multimillion-dollar taxpayer-funded giveaway to Hollywood stars yesterday, even as he signed a $27.05 billion budget that squeezes the Bay State for another $860 million in new taxes.

The tax credit is meant as an incentive to draw filmmakers to Massachusetts. Amid the ongoing fiscal crisis, legislators wanted to cap star salaries that could count toward the credit at $2 million per actor, and the fiscal 2010 budget Patrick signed ratified that.

But yesterday, Patrick also signed a $51 million supplemental spending bill for this year that prevents the cap from becoming law.

“This is money for nothing,” said Rep. Steven D’Amico, a Seekonk Democrat and tax credit foe. “Mel Gibson doesn’t need our tax dollars.”

A Patrick spokeswoman did not comment on the issue.

One State House source estimated the revenue lost by not imposing the star cap at about $20 million a year.

Beacon Hill sources said Patrick was responding to complaints Hollywood honchos lodged with the state film office that the proposed cap on star salaries was a major rewrite of tax law.

Senate President Therese Murray, whose Plymouth district could be home to a new studio, also supported maintaining the full tax credit for movies.

The new state budget, which takes effect tomorrow, hikes the state sales tax by 25 percent to 6.25 percent, and allows cities and towns to raise meals and hotel taxes. That new revenue allows the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to hold off a planned $100 million toll hike.

Patrick vetoed $147 million from the budget the Legislature sent him, including money for food assistance, senior health care, and kindergarten expansion grants.

Patrick also deepsixed a budget proposal to keep information about who receives state tax credits private. He had asked lawmakers to require the state disclose who receives them.

10 Comments:

At July 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

We are doing all these things to entice film makers to come to the state, but they won’t create many jobs if they do. There film makers all bring in there own crews, they don’t hire locals. They may buy food and stay hotels and that brings in revenue but that ain’t going to put food on the table for people whose benefits have been cut in order to have money to entice them to come here. Something is simply not right with this.

 
At July 1, 2009 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Fred J. said...

Are you really saying that Patrick cut funding for food in order to fund some Hollywood types making movies here? How the hell can he justify that?

 
At July 1, 2009 at 3:01 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

The screwing never stops. I want to know where our representatives and senators were when the governor was deciding to make these cuts. Did they lobby him to reconsider, did they agree with him, or where they just too busy to show up that day?

 
At July 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

I like your last posting about tax credits better than this one. Thanks for posting that information. This one, another example of MA politics at work. They care more about courting the rich movie makers than they do about hungry children here in their own state. How can they sleep at night is what I want to know. And how can we keep re-electing them is an even better question. They are a disgrace, and we are even worse for supporting them. Wake up people.

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Do I read this right? He cut something he had originally asked for? So are we going to know who receives tax credits or are we not going to be able to get that information?

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

Depressing weather, depressing news. I need a vacation from all this garbage, but unfortunately, it will all still be here waiting when I get back. Happy 4th everyone.

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I know.. it must get tiring reading the bullshit from the State House and since it's Independence day soon, I declare a bad news free Holiday.

When in fact, they have historically sneaked in all kinds of last minute laws, hoping we'd be on vacation somewhere.

But before that, Deval restored 400,000 in funding for the Washington DC office to keep it running. The House pulled the funding in the initial budget. He's getting ready for the elections... who rah....

And Cahill comes out today in the Herald as writing a letter to the House asking to reject Devals plan to do away with 20 million in dept service for borrowing money for this year.

The state is expected to borrow $1.8 billion in the capital budget during the coming fiscal year for things such as road and bridge repair.

The $20 million was meant to pay off interest incurred by the debt, but instead Patrick is pushing to borrow short-term for the first half of the year, then put off the bulk of the debt payments until fiscal year 2011 - after the election.

Cahill has never written to the House in the six years he's been the State Treasurer.

Tim Cahill is off to the races to, using his office as a bully pulpit.

Cahill, Patrick, Mihos and Baker, are there more?

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Angry in Framingham said...

You continue to keep us informed Jim and we do appreciate that. Hope you keep up the good work. I think the time to do more than just keep us informed is fast approaching. I hope you are still considering running. If you are, you need to start getting a following going now, and build a grass roots effort to get your name and your platform out there for the voters to see, give them plenty of time to ask questions of you. Your biggest obstacle to overcome is people’s perceptions of you. They think you are an activist, and for causes they may not be publically comfortable with. In reality, you are much more conservative than most think. Let them know that and you may be surprised at the following you my be able to build. Tough fight here in Framingham for anyone not a dyed in the wool democrat, but if ever there was a chance to beat them, I think this may be the time. The only thing going for the democrats is that we have a democratic president who so far is doing a decent job. But that is not the case here in MA where the dems are selling us all down the river, without even giving us a paddle.

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Arnold... it's all a secret. If we knew... we'd be outraged even more than we are now.

 
At July 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Angry,

Just think how bad things may be in 2010. The stimulus money will not be there... while things are bad now, by next year and 2011 will be far worse as far as I can see.

They will be responsible for much damage and people will see that at the local level. Deval is not Obama... and as much as we may want him to get with the program, he's let many down and so has the Beacon Hill crowd. And I think, even some of the more hardened ruling elites have to shake their collective heads at what comes from Pam's gray matter. Not that they would stop voting for one of their own, but this town like most, have more un enrolled voters that think out of the ideological party constraints and vote with their brain.

I'm in... and I'm betting 100 or so intelligent normal ethical men and women across the state will take up the same position in 2010 and get on the ballot and give voters a real chance to change the make up of the State House. One or two reps can be silenced easily, 100 would rock their world.

 

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