LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is opposing calls for the immediate end of Michigan’s $50 million film incentives program.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday the program should instead be phased out over time because industry officials “have been making decisions based on it.” Snyder says the industry should be self-sufficient without subsidies “in the future.”

The Republican-led House may vote this week to eliminate the incentives starting in October. Snyder has proposed an additional $50 million for the program next fiscal year.

Critics say Michigan shouldn’t support out-of-state Hollywood productions when it’s facing budget challenges. Opponents also question whether the incentives have helped build a permanent film industry in Michigan.

Supporters say the incentives have led to Michigan-based jobs in movies, TV shows and digital media such as video game development.

 

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