I grew up in Spokane. I’ve been an active member of this community most of my life and I love to see it thrive. I also work in the arts. It wasn’t until our state adopted a film incentive program that I finally started earning a living wage and collecting benefits, instead of having to work four to five jobs to make ends meet. It changed my life.
Now that incentive program will expire on June 30. For the last three years, I have been working with Washington Filmworks to educate our legislators and our community about how beneficial the program is, bringing over $116 million to our state economy by using local businesses like hotels, traffic control, equipment rental, and catering, to providing jobs for local residents like me.
If legislators in Olympia do not renew it, our whole community will suffer. It’s not just zombies we will miss out on.