As Judy Meredith pointed out earlier this month, Governor Baker’s proposal to kill the film tax credit and use the money to fund an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit is both a great idea, and would be very difficult to fight against. I certainly agree, since film tax credits rarely live up to expectations, while the EITC is a direct help to lower-income state residents who are working hard to get by. Plus, politically speaking, the framing (misleading or not, as some rightly pointed out that it’s part of the larger budget, not a standalone proposal) is just too perfect: cutting corporate welfare to help out the working class.
I was surprised that Dem leadership didn’t simply agree with the proposal and move on. Now, it looks like the GOP is making it a prominent part of their messaging. I got this email today:
They’re even collecting signatures in support of the proposal, and while it only has 438 right now, it was only sent out an hour ago so I could see this gaining a lot of steam. If the Dems want to nip this in the bud, I think it would make sense to endorse the proposal, or else come up with an incredibly convincing explanation why it’s a bad idea. This is soundbite politics at its finest, and if there is a good reason to oppose it — which I’m not currently aware of, but I’m not claiming to be an expert on tax policy — it needs to be turned into as simple of a message as Governor Baker is using.
Let’s take a win when we can, rather than letting partisanship lead us to oppose good ideas and make these charges of “saving a Hollywood handout at the expense of the working class” actually true.