Patterson On Film Incentives: You’ve Gotta’ Live By The Deal You Promised

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – The Governor’s decision to sign legislation that drastically cut the state’s film incentives still isn’t sitting well with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Speaking at the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, Patterson likened the mid-stream change in the amount of state film incentives to a bait and switch.

“What I’m in favor of — if you make an offer; if you make a deal, even if it’s a bad deal, you’ve already caused people to put money at risk and create an investment. You’ve gotta’ live by the deal you promised. You just can’t change the game, rules in the middle. That’s what I’m figuring.”

Michigan’s film incentives were considered some of the nation’s most generous when the program initially went into effect, but the governor decided the incentives should be capped at 25-million dollars.

  • marketsons

    If Snyder shakes your hand, count your fingers.

    • JIM

      I totally agree with you, Snyder is worse than the normal politicians we see come and go. Talks out both sides of his mouth with a misleading alterior motive,
      His campaign promise of jobs for 1, He just wont let any program excel without his stamp on it. call it ego, call it selfserving, i call it foul play especially when you had a industry here providing, (in the height of 2010) over 7,000 workers and growing. There should be someone that oversees this kind of piracy by elected officials and make them accountable for fleecing a state of a workforce and industry. I wonder how many people have had to move because of this stupidity, lost there home or worse. Thanks Snyder. Get out of Michigan we dont want your kind here.

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