Some in the film industry are sounding off after the Michigan House of Representatives voted to drop the state’s $50 million a year incentive program.
Gov. Rick Snyder said he would prefer to see a “gradual ramp-down” of the program.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday plans to sign mid-budget year bills to finalize a plan to tackle Michigan’s projected $412 million shortfall in two primary funds that receive about $21 billion annually in tax revenue.
“This thing is a total waste of taxpayer money, and I can’t wait to get rid of it,” said Rep. Jeff Farrington, of Utica.
The Public Relations Manager for the Michigan Film Office said that 27 projects were approved for incentives in the 2014 fiscal year, being awarded $63,761,132 on $245,498,437 of approved production expenditures for the year.
The bill also would lift a $2 million-per-employee cap on salaries counted as expenditures that can be reimbursed by the state.
Michigan lawmakers have three weeks left in their lame-duck session to enact a potentially wide-ranging assortment of bills.
The Michigan Film Office says it has awarded a $1.5 million film incentive to the “Ask Dr. Nandi” talk show — and $308,869 to American Muscle.
If you spot the Batmobile zipping around Detroit or Superman flying past the Renaissance Center this summer, you will be witnessing the latest example of Michigan’s film incentives program at work.
Michigan’s movie making business may be in its infancy, but there are tons of opportunities for jobs and growth, the commissioner of Michigan’s Film Office said during taping of “Michigan Matters”