'Breaking Bad' bill goes back to the governor's desk

Posted at: 03/17/2013 1:31 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The revived “Breaking Bad” received the green light by the New Mexico Legislature and now sits on the governor’s desk.

The bill would give television shows that film at least six episodes in New Mexico a 30 percent tax credit.

Currently the incentive offers a 25 percent tax credit, which would remain the same for movie productions if the “Breaking Bad” bill is signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Cast members of the popular show that adorns the bill’s title spoke about the legislation and its effect on productions in New Mexico.

“It's important that we bring in income into New Mexico so we can start fixing stuff like education which is the number one, should be the number one priority for New Mexicans,” Steven Michael Quezada said.

This is the second time a version of the “Breaking Bad” bill made it to the governor’s desk.

She vetoed a version that passed both chambers earlier this week.

The bill would also carry over up to $10 million in unused film tax credit for use in future years.

“I think New Mexico is right at the cusp of developing a deep rooted film industry not just a passing through industry but something that people will come to New Mexico to shoot,” Bryan Cranston said.

Cranston, who plays the lead character Walter White in the show “Breaking Bad” and had a role in the Oscar winning film “Argo”, said the TV show employs more than 90 percent of New Mexicans to fill its crew.

“I’m from Los Angeles but I come here,” Cranston said. “I know I’m going to be here awhile. I buy a house. I go to restaurants and dry cleaners and we spend money. We put the money back into the community.”