Idiot NM Conservatives Destroying Film Industry in the State

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File this under stupid conservatives behaving stupidly. We all know the only reason the governor is doing this is to pander to NM’s non-existent Tea Party base, and to throw eggs in the face of Big Bill, who managed to make the state a prime location for the film industry.

“...The film rebate program currently provides direct cash payments to cover up to 25 percent of film production costs in New Mexico. Martinez has called for the rebates to be dropped to 15 percent.

The New Mexico Motion Picture Association said in a news release that it did not agree with the compromise bill.

“We cannot support what was passed out of committee, either as a way to balance the budget or to improve the efficiency of our incentive program,” NMMPA executive director Eric Witt said in a press statement Sunday. “Not only does the new bill threaten to destroy New Mexico’s vibrant film industry, it fails to address the $1.2 billion in subsidies paid out to other industries such as oil and gas, whose profits are proof that those industries need no subsidy from New Mexico’s working families.”

The impasse between Democrats and the governor is seen as one of the main sticking points in crafting the budget….”

Once upon a time, New Mexico was one of the top locations in the country for filming television and movies.  Now, thought, thanks to the idiocy of Susana Martinez, the state has lost one television series and two major motion pictures.  That’s a heck of a lot of jobs.

There is a time and a place for incentives.  This is one.  Funny how Martinez is not cutting incentives for her buds in Hobbs who are up to their eyeballs in oil and gas.  I guess that tells you where the power base is in this state.  Heck, we have only one gasoline distributor for this part of the state.  We pay VERY HIGH gas prices, even when they aren’t high.

Why?

Gotta love those incentives for oil and gas.

But – when it comes to keeping real jobs in the state – very high paying jobs in a state where the base pay is one of the lowest in the nation, forget that one.

Why is this current crop of budget cutting conservatives such abject fools?

Santa Fe New Mexican

KOAT news on the subject.

Why not cut the private jets for politicians, cut New Mexico’s growing little air force?

KOAT

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NM FILM

Want to see what these film incentives have done?  Big Bill became governor in 2003.  You might want to take note of an Award Winning Performance for a Governor and Jobs (Big Bill).  This is an impress list with more than a few Oscar winners.

2011
Cowboys & Aliens (Steven Spielberg & Harrison Ford)
Paul
Resident, The
Sunset Limited, The
Ten Year
Thor
Truth Be Told

2010
5 Shells
A Nightmare in Las Cruces
Adventures of a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer
Aurora Experiment, The
Before We Say Goodbye
Black Experience in New Mexico: 1974-1980
Bless Me, Ultima
Blood Brothers
Breaking Bad Season 3
Due Date
Fright Night
Gunfight at La Mesa
Haywire
In Plain Sight Season 3
Inhale
Iron Man 2
Last Stop
Legion
Lemonade Mouth
Let Me In
Let Them Shine
Love Ranch
MacGruber
Odds, The
Passion Play
Refuge
Scoundrels
Stargate Universe: Malice
This Must Be the Place
Tiger Eyes
True Grit

2009
A Lonely Place for Dying
Book of Eli, The
Breaking Bad Season 2
Brothers
Carriers
Cody
Coyote County Loser
Crash Season 1
Crash Season 2
Crazy Heart
Dark Country
Deadly Impact
Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Doc West
Dry Land, The
Easier With Practice
El Corazón De Santa Fe
Friendship!
Gamer
Georgia O’Keefe
Great American Road Trip
Homeland Nation
In Plain Sight Season 2
Jordan
Keeper, The
Killer Inside Me, The
Lonely Street
Loop, The
Men Who Stare At Goats, The
My One and Only
Not Forgotten
Observe and Report
Saint John of Las Vegas
Split Estate
Stargate Universe
Terminator Salvation
Undocumented
War Boys, The

2008
Afterwards
Appaloosa
Becoming Eduardo
Beer for My Horses
Black Blizzard
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad/Season 1
Burning Plain, The
Comanche Moon
Easy Money
Eye, The
Fanboys
Felon
Hamlet 2
Horror in the Wind
Husband for Hire
In Plain Sight Season 1
In Plain Sight/Pilot
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Kit Carson
Kites
Klown Kamp Massacre
Long Gun of New Mexico
Love Lies Bleeding
Love N’ Dancing
Man vs. Cartoon
Night and Day
Sex & Lies in Sin City
Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do With It)
Spoken Word
Spy Next Door, The
Sunshine Cleaning
Swing Vote
Taos
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles/TV Pilot
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Wildfire Season 4
Year One

2007
$5 a Day
3:10 to Yuma
Astronaut Farmer, The
Buried Alive
Burrowers, The
Conspiracy
Dinosaurs Alive
Donor Conspiracy, The
Hitcher, The
In the Valley of Elah
Intervention
Kid Nation
Linewatch
Naked Fear
No Country For Old Men
Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa
Save Me
Seraphim Falls
Spirit, The
Spy School aka Doubting Thomas
Starwatch
Tennessee
Tortilla Heaven
Trade
Transformers
Two Days in April
Undead or Alive
Urban Justice
Vortex, The
West Texas Lullaby
Wild Hogs
Wildfire Season 3

2006
An Alien History of Planet Earth
Beerfest
Believe in Me
Bordertown
Cinderellas Of Santa Fe
Cruel World
Dreamland
Employee of the Month
Far Side of Jericho, The
First Snow
Flock, The
Glory Road
In From the Night
Lost Room, The aka Motel Man
Mammoth
Monastery, The
Organizm
Requiem for Billy the Kid
Tangled Up In Bob
Turquoise Rose
Wildfire Season 2

2005
Biker Chef, The
Brokeback Mountain
Cowboy Del Amor
Curse of the Sacred Mountain
Déjà vu (Hera’s Odyssey)
Death Valley
Elvis Has Left the Building
Formosa
High and Dry: New Mexico
Into the West: Episode 4 “Hell on Wheels”
Into the West: Episode 5 “Casualties of War”
Into the West: Episode 6 “Ghost Dance”
Longest Yard, The
Mall Cop
North Country
Nothing But Life
Rent
Stink of Flesh, The
Tell Them Who You Are
Three Wise Guys
Three Wishes
Viaje Al Duende
Wildfire Season 1
Wildfire/TV Pilot

2004
A Thief of Time
Around the Bend
Back East
Black Cloud
Blind Horizon
Cross
Dancing From the Heart
Do It For Uncle Graham
Investigating History: Billy The Kid
Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero
Mojave
Suspect Zero
Talent Given Us, The
Warrior Women: Lozen

2003
21 Grams
Big Things
Bollocky Simper
Chooch
Coyote Waits
Dreamkeeper
Jesus Freak
Mean as Hell
Missing, The
Off The Map
Rio Grande: Live River or Dead Ditch
Road Kings
Rovers, The

2002
American Waitress, New Mexico
Collecting Rooftops
Colors of Courage: Sons Of New Mexico, Prisoners of War
Dbl Rein-Beau
In the Shadow of the Blade
Rocks with Wings
Trail of Painted Ponies, The

2001
Chicks, Man
Guns Along The Bravo
Land of Enchantment
Maniacts
Unspeakable
Will Shuster’s Zozobra De Santa Fe

2000
American Architecture
Jericho
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars
Lockdown
Rio Arriba: Tragedy and Hope
Silence of Cricket Coogler, The
Simply Complex
The Black Experience In New Mexico 1974-1980
Traffic

1999
All the Pretty Horses
Bachelor, The
Gunfighters of the West
On the Beam: Learning at the Creative Edge of Risk
Tao of Steve, The
Wild Wild West

See what those incentive did?  Now, see what is already happening?  Look at the 2011 list.

“...The New Mexico Motion Picture Association said in a news release that it did not agree with the compromise bill.  “We cannot support what was passed out of committee, either as a way to balance the budget or to improve the efficiency of our incentive program,” NMMPA executive director Eric Witt said in a press statement Sunday. “Not only does the new bill threaten to destroy New Mexico’s vibrant film industry, it fails to address the $1.2 billion in subsidies paid out to other industries such as oil and gas, whose profits are proof that those industries need no subsidy from New Mexico’s working families.”…”

The “Republican” governor wants to spend the savings on Medicaid, Education, and Correction programs.  We all know her plans to troll for illegals is going to cost the state money.

“”...Analysts from the Legislative Finance Committee say the new caps will  free up $25 million, which Gov. Martinez plans to spend on priority medicaid, education and correction programs.

Taylor told KUNM he could not vote for the first amendment because it didn’t meet his “financial objectives.” But, after voting for the final amendment, Taylor said, “This compromise recognizes the film industry is vital to New Mexico while still making room for our highest budget priorities.”

It’s unclear if the Governor, who has said that she wanted the film subsidy reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent, supports the committee’s substitute bill….”

There are times when conservatives are just plain stupid, stupid, stupid.  New Mexico is a very poor state that lacks little in the way of an actual industrial base. With the exception of the gas/oil industry in the eastern part of the state, we don’t have much.  We were well on our way to becoming a powerhouse in television and film.  What is wrong with incentives?  Maybe the lessons learned from the abject failures in South Caroline with Mark Sanford and his refusal to provide incentives for business should be applied here.

New Mexico is small.  We can’t afford to lose these jobs.

Why can’t conservatives use their heads for something once in awhile?

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3 thoughts on “Idiot NM Conservatives Destroying Film Industry in the State

  1. It’s a pleasure to meet a follow Episcopalian and an intelligent conservative.
    Alas, all too many conservatives give the impression of having (as Nancy Mitford would say) heads of bone and hearts of stone.
    Keep those saints coming…

  2. Great article with excellent points. Thank you for mentioning our film production in the list. New Mexico helped us immensely when we filmed Klown Kamp Massacre. The Film Office is world class, the scenery is beautiful, and the local people are talented, friendly, and supportive. In this digital age, motion pictures are a clean and renewable natural resource. After the oil well runs dry, we will always have stories to tell. -Philip H. R. Gunn, director

  3. You are exactly right! We have a beautiful state. There is a joke here in NM that people who live here do not go anywhere on their vacation. Why should we, we live where everyone else wishes to visit! Thank you for saying such good things about us!

    SJR

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