The Mackinac Center has obtained a copy of a lawsuit today filed by the attorney for 11 contractors hired to perform work on a building now known as Hangar42. You can read the complaint by clicking here.
Hangar42 was supposed to be a functioning film studio run out of Walker, a suburb of Grand Rapids, thanks in-part to the state promise of an "assignable" tax credit worth $10 million. Gov. Jennifer Granholm bragged about this economic development deal in her State of the State address last February.
The Mackinac Center broke the story after a months-long investigation by Communications Specialist Kathy Hoekstra and myself that raised questions about the efficacy of the deal. In May we posted this essay and video with our findings. The research and reporting ultimately led to an Attorney General investigation and a criminal charge against the primary buyer of the studio, Joseph Peters.
The Mackinac Center has written extensively about the Michigan Film Office and the state's film subsidy program. For more information see "Special Effects: Flawed Report Provides Distorted Lens."