Program: Unclassified salaries

Appropriation:

All from GF/GP:

$219,300

Total:

$219,300

Program Description:

This appropriation funds unclassified salaries that provide support services for the director of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. In other words, it funds the director’s staff.

Recommended Action:

With the elimination of approximately 58 percent of the History, Arts and Libraries budget comes the ability to downsize these appropriations commensurately, producing an additional savings of approximately $128,047. Savings: $128,047. Governor Granholm’s 2005 proposal leaves this appropriation unchanged over the previous year’s budget.

Program: Management services

Appropriation:

All from GF/GP:

$1,819,700

Total:

$1,819,700

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the management services of the department. These services provide administrative support for the department.

Recommended Action:

With the elimination of approximately 58 percent of the History, Arts, and Libraries budget comes the ability to downsize the management services appropriation commensurately, producing a savings of approximately $1,062,503. This is an estimate only, and a detailed analysis of the impact of program reductions is needed to determine exact savings. Savings: $1,062,503. Governor Granholm’s 2005 proposal decreases the gross appropriation to $5,155,400.

Program: Office of film and television services

Appropriation:

All from GF/GP:

$129,900

Total:

$129,900

Program Description:

This appropriation funds the Michigan Film Office through the office of film and television services appropriation line item. The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 "to assist and attract incoming production companies and to promote the growth of our indigenous industry." [4] Its fiscal year 2003 gross appropriation is $143,500, the entirety of which comes from the state general fund. [5]

Recommended Action:

This item should be eliminated. Using state resources to help one of America’s most successful industries is unnecessary. The film industry maintains a complement of full-time site locaters. Even if attracting film companies to Michigan were crucial to the health of the state economy, it would best be a function handled by local chambers of commerce. Savings: $129,900. Governor Granholm’s 2005 proposal increases the gross appropriation to $131,800.