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.
"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.
"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