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Mackinac Center in WSJ: The Problem With Film Subsidies

Film subsidies continue to be costly and ineffective

… Legislature ended the state’s film subsidy program in 2015. Now, … noted the ineffectiveness of film subsidies, saying: It’s irresponsible … lawmakers first introduced film subsidies in an effort to bring the film industry to the state, hoping … every dollar the state spent on film subsidies, it got 11 cents …

Cap the Film Incentives and Kill the Film Industry in Michigan? Not Yet

Film Industry Supporters Crying Wolf Over Governor's Plans for Film Subsidies

… Detroit Free Press column, film industry proponent and popular … state’s refundable, unlimited film incentives, you might as well … that a cap “…effectively chases films away. No successful tax-incentive … studio wants to be the last film in, then find out the money … way. They just won't come.” Film industry supporters insisted …

Reject Latest Calls to Waste Taxpayer Money on Movies

Spending $500 million on film subsidies was enough

Some in the Michigan film industry want to be subsidized by … spent $500 million subsidizing film production from 2008 to 2015, … nation’s most generous programs. Film producers got a check from … spent. The number of jobs in film production in Michigan increased … did lure movie producers to film in Michigan. Paying a large …

Corporate Welfare for 'Millionaire Movie Makers'

WNEM details film subsidy scheme

… so is the lack of transparency surrounding the film subsidies. “Sometimes it’s very difficult to get … movie stars like Clint Eastwood or others.” The film office director told WNEM the subsidies could even … makers of the new “Batman vs. Superman” movie being filmed in Detroit.  You can read more about the corporate …

Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements

… redirecting Michigan’s $50 million annual film subsidy to fixing the roads. Forty-eight … Studley. “This costly and ineffective film subsidy is not creating full-time, … When asked if Michigan’s $50 million film subsidy should be continued or stopped … reprioritize a low value expenditure (film subsidies) into a higher one (road …

March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies

… Committee Actions: Terminate State Film Subsidies On Wednesday the House Tax … that would end state subsidies to film producers. Specifically, the committee … impact on the small number of full time film industry jobs in the state. Notably, … budget has $50 million allocated for film subsidies. Gov. Rick Snyder has recommended …

Michigan Chamber CEO Blasts Film Subsidies as a 'Boondoggle'

Bill extends film subsidies indefinitely

… legislation to extend Michigan’s film incentive subsidy program indefinitely. … Commerce CEO Rich Studley blasted film subsidies during withering … of taxpayer dollars spent on film subsidies would be better employed fixing roads. “If the Michigan film subsidies were a movie it would … “A total of $26,551,106 in film credits were claimed from the …

Films or Potholes?

Cost of film subsidy program would repair over 5 million potholes

… allocating $50 million for the state's film subsidy program. Previously, the budget … increase on residents they should end the film program and use the money for infrastructure. … million lawmakers are pledging toward films for the upcoming fiscal year (all … 14,706 students. For a lot of reasons, film subsidies are one of the least efficient …

Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies

Unless the bill is vetoed, film incentives end soon

… which would kill the state’s film subsidy program, was presented … presented. It's hard to argue that film subsidies have been anything … appropriated to the coffers of film studios, there were fewer film jobs in the state than when … as many twists and turns as film subsidies over the past seven …

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each

… in profits last year $35 million to film the "Batman vs. Superman" movie to be filmed in Michigan. In the past, we've looked … one is on the hook for $7.80 for the film. Perhaps taxpayers can request that … when the movie is released in 2015. Film subsidies are bad policy, opposed by …