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Wrong on film credit I

| Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

To Colin McNickle:

Your column “Cut through the film tax credit fiction” (April 21 and referring to the April 17 “cluster cluck in Harrisburg” was troubling. I am not as fictional as Hollywood and the movies they subsidize. My employment relies on the film industry.

I was at the April 17 hearing, and the testimony showed a different side of the film and television industry. I can say it plainly by asking you a question: If the Trib had a 25-percent tax incentive for creating content that kept local jobs, would you support it? Would you support your own job the same way that I do?

My job, and the jobs of other Pennsylvania film workers, depend on the film tax incentive.

Competition is how this all started. Before 2007, the industry was taken to Canada, lured by its tax incentive. If you feel we should have let the jobs stay in Canada, that's all right by me. Once again, I must say that if the Trib decided to set up shop in Mexico or Canada, you would have to go with it.

The tax incentive is a reality in our business and it works. Pennsylvania film workers met with many Republicans who support it and do see the positive from our film industry. I hope you can see the positive as well, someday.

Casey T. LaRocco


The writer is a set medic and member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Studio Mechanics Local 489 (

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