Newsom dangles huge tax credit to win back film production with divisive ultimatum: ‘Time to choose’

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) thrilled unions by announcing his support for extending $1.65 billion in tax credits for TV and movie creators and urged them to leave Georgia and come back to Hollywood in the wake of the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.

Bill SB 485 will extend the current program for an additional five years, investing $1.65 billion in California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program. That’s $330 million annually to be dumped into Hollywood’s coffers. The move is meant to ensure that California remains the world’s film production leader, bringing in millions of dollars to the state.

Newsom announced in a press release on Wednesday that he supports the bill. Then he asserted that Hollywood should not be doing business in states that are against abortion. He gave Hollywood an ultimatum on Wednesday, telling the industry that it is “time to choose.”

“Today, Hollywood will wake up to this ad. Time to choose. You can protect your workers, or continue to support anti-abortion states that rule with hatred. We’re here for you. We’re extending tax credits for those that come home to the Golden State. Choose freedom. Choose CA,” he wrote on Twitter.

“As other states roll back peoples’ rights, California will continue protecting fundamental freedoms for all and welcome businesses that stand up for their employees,” said Newsom in his statement. “Extending this program will help ensure California’s world-renowned entertainment industry continues to drive economic growth with good jobs and a diverse, inclusive workforce.”

The Supreme Court handed the decision on abortion back to the states when it overturned Roe v. Wade. At least 14 states have restricted abortion following the ruling. Newsom accused Georgia and Oklahoma of “moving to strip reproductive freedom.”

In his press release, Newsom contended that not only has California “been the home for storytelling,” for “100 years,” but “most importantly, we share your values,” in a very thinly veiled reference to the state being pro-choice.

Then he attacked Georgia and Oklahoma, claiming that they “have waged a cruel assault on essential rights.”

“They are carrying out these attacks brazenly and with the intent to cause pain in the communities they target — many of whom are essential to the success of your industry,” Newsom railed against the pro-life states. “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.”

The leftist governor went on to claim that California not only represents but also guarantees freedom.

“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 stated calling on the influential in Hollywood to take a stand.

“Choose freedom. Choose creativity. Choose California,” Newsom urged.

The unions literally drooled over his words and proffered ads.

“Today Governor Newsom gave the 163,000 women and men we represent who work in the California film and television industry a lifeline,” the Entertainment Union Coalition said in a statement. “With the announcement that he will sign SB 485 into law, extending the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program to 2030, Governor Newsom has assured a future where our members can continue to work at jobs they love, in the state they call home, and be present as members of their families and communities.”

“We thank Governor Newsom for his longstanding support of working families, culminating in his announcement today. We thank the bill’s author, Senator Portantino for his steadfast commitment to keeping this industry and those who work in it in California. We look forward to working with Go Biz Director Dee Dee Myers and the Administration to protect the jobs we have now and bring more of these good jobs home,” the union added.

In July, Newsom was ranked the most feared 2024 Democratic candidate by conservatives in the Turning Point USA straw poll according to the New York Post. The California Governor got 30.3 percent of the vote.

He is seen as the most likely candidate for Democrats to pick as their nominee for the presidency and would be the hardest to beat. Former first lady Michelle Obama came in a distant second, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) tied for third.

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