On Thursday, NFA sent a short survey to candidates for Nebraska Legislature (Read it here). You can click on the name of the candidate or scroll all the way down to read responses in the order they were received.
Mark G. Elworth Jr.
Tommy L. Garrett
Robert Bob Hilkemann
J. Michael Tesar
John S. McCollister
Douglas J. Liewer
Mark A. Kolterman
Patty Pansing Brooks
John L. Kuehn
Tyson Rope Larson
Roric R. Paulman
James Michael Bowers
John P. Stinner Sr.
Responses in the order they were received:
Mark Elworth Jr. (Candidate for Governor)
1. No I do not. I support the private sector being in charge of this. We are trying to cut government spending and cut taxes. the government doesn’t know what’s best for your industry, you do.
2. No, I’m for minimum government, I see this as a issue for the private sector. Politicians are good actors and all, but I can’t support spending tax dollars on this.
Robert Hilkemann (Candidate for District 4)
In regard to setting up a committee to recommend incentives for film makers, I believe we need to expand any industry, including the film industry, that will bring economic benefit to our state and we need to make ourselves competitive with other states.
As to a film liaison, I would need to know more about projected costs of such a liaison and if that function could be performed by an existing agency as effectively.
Thank you for seeking my opinion.
Roy Baker (Candidate for District 30)
We could not go wrong with creating a committee to study the matter of promoting the film industry in Nebraska. Over the years, there have been some movies made using Nebraska locales, and I was always proud when that happened. I am sure many other Nebraskans feel the same way. I am unfamiliar with how promotion is handled in other states, but I am more than willing to learn.
Roric Paulman (Candidate for District 42)
I know little of this subject. If elected would be glad to sit down and learn more.
John Stinner (Candidate for District 48)
1. Yes, I would support the formation of a committee, as I am always for the promotion and growth of economic development.
2. It appears to be reasonable, but I would need more research.
Chuck Hassebrook (Candidate for Governor)
I strongly support bringing the film liaison position up to industry standards and forming a Committee to conduct a study on how Nebraska could best structure incentives to support film making in Nebraska in the most cost effective and effective manner. Nebraska has already demonstrated its potential for the film industry. But just as in every other industry, we must work to make ourselves competitive. The money spent in film making provides an economic shot in the arm to our communities. And supporting a vibrant creative community in our state helps us draw and keep the creative young people that all of our businesses need to thrive in the 21st century.
Pete Ricketts (Candidate for Governor)
1. I am interested in learning more about the formation of such a committee. It seems reasonable to pool resources in a structured effort to examine how best we can promote Nebraska as an inviting and welcoming place for film production.
2. Again, I would appreciate the benefit of your perspective about the ways we best position Nebraska for more filmmaking opportunities, including any changes recommended in this position.