August 5, 2022

Newsom: "No filming in anti-abortion states"

  • Flyover Country

In Brief: 

According to Governor Gavin Newsom, California is the “free” state in the post-Roe United States. Newsom has decided to extend tax credits to filmmakers who choose to film within the state instead of pro-life states. The current legislation he is pushing would provide $330 million annually over the next five years.

The Background: 

"Today more than ever, you have a responsibility to take stock of your values — and those of your employees — when doing business in those states," Newsom stated in a political advertisement. "So to those in power to make decisions about where to film, where to hire, where to open new offices, we in California say: Walk the walk." 

Newsom is specifically referring to Georgia, who offers unlimited tax credits and a 30% tax incentive if filmmakers use a peach in their logo. Georgia passed heartbeat legislation but continues to be an increasingly popular place for the film industry, including wildly successful shows such as Stranger Things. 

Notable Quotes: 

"Instead of attacking strong conservative leadership in red states… perhaps Gavin Newsom should focus on addressing his state’s income tax, which is the highest in the nation, out-of-control energy costs, endless violent crime, people shooting up drugs in the streets, chronic homelessness, high cost of living, gridlock traffic, and rolling blackouts.” – spokesperson for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

What do you think?