COMPASS Legislative priorities for 2016
March 11th – The 2016 Florida legislative session ended today. Leadership in both chambers have seen fit to submit to ideological opposition to economic development through subsides – a convenient smokescreen for elected officials who cater to the conservative right rather than serve the interests of their constituency – and are allowing the Florida motion picture industry, jobs, small businesses and all, to collapse and disappear.
Check the Updates menu link for the final COMPASS report from the 2016 session.
We will regroup and decide where to go from here.
Use this PayPal link to contribute to the COMPASS effort to enact new legislation to revitalize Florida motion picture production in 2016:
The COMPASS Commitment: Since our earliest days, we have consistently maintained that – through the creation of good long-term jobs for Floridians and maximum “spend” in Florida communities – only high-impact feature film and television production generates the highest possible rate of return for Florida’s taxpayers.
The COMPASS Strategy: We identify key sources of legislative influence, seek their counsel and support, and then coordinate our message to theirs, reflecting the natural priority of state government to create economic growth by putting tax dollars to work prudently and with good business sense.
COMPASS Perseverance: We are into our 4th year of lobbying this issue and our “street cred” is now well-established. Florida’s legislators recognize that our ideas make good business sense. They know that we’re not going away . . . ever. We keep coming back and doors keep opening.
Since May of 2012, the Congress of Motion Picture Associations of Florida (COMPASS) has maintained an unfaltering legislative presence in Tallahassee and around the state, building credibility as the primary advocacy group for the Florida men and women who work in movie and television production and the Florida businesses that support this industry.