If you follow me on Twitter: @JLenardDetroit you know I go to the Movies a lot and tweet out reviews (or you can see my Movies piece here at RWU: http://rattlewithus.ning.com/profiles/blogs/more-anti-americanism-c... (updated regularly)). Therefore I do like the Program, as I like to see as much of Michigan highlighted when/where possible (some movies do that, others don't, and subsidies should be based (from "Pure Michigan" advertising benefit) upon that)! HOWEVER, this should NOT come at the expense of the deteriorated Roads. IF the Michigan legislature is to keep the Program, it should be funded by adding a .25, .50, or $1 per Movie ticket sold in Michigan method!!! Let movies, and those who go see them, subsidize the Films! PERIOD!!! Instead, of course, these things (often) go unquestioned/unchallenged at Budget time and the usual excuse of Police, Fire, ROADS, etc... are used as the only HAMMER TO EXTORT MORE TAX REVENUE from Citizens!
To repeal the program that gives state subsidies to film producers (for which $50 million was appropriated this year). Also, to require any leftover money go to reimburse state pension funds for losses incurred under deal made by the previous administration to back some politically well-connected individuals’ investments in a Pontiac studio. Since 2008 nearly $500 million in state tax revenue has been distributed to producers.
|37||Rep. Christne Greig||D - Farmington Hills||N|
|38||Rep. Kathy Crawford||R - Novi||N|
|39||Rep. Klint Kesto||R - Commerce Twp.||Y|
|43||Rep. Jim Tedder||R - Clarkston||Y|
|44||Rep. Jim Runestad||R - White Lake||Y|
|46||Rep. Bradford Jacobsen||R - Oxford||Y|
|66||Rep. Aric Nesbitt||R - Lawton||Y|
The Michigan House recently passed House Bill 4122 which would end the state’s film incentive program. The legislation now moves on to the Senate.
But Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, has raised concerns about ending the subsidy. And Gov. Rick Snyder, who previously proposed eliminating the subsidies, now says he doesn’t believe ending the program abruptly is an “appropriate answer.”
So those are the obstacles standing in the path of terminating payouts to Hollywood. The good news is that it is believed most Michigan Senators want to end the subsidies. There may end up being an agreement between the branches of state government, but they should resist the temptation to merely reduce the appropriation.
The state should cut the film incentives once and for all for three simple reasons:
1. No increase in film jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are fewer film jobs in the state today than when the film incentives began in 2008.
2. No permanent jobs. According to the Michigan Film Office (which distributes the subsidies), there were zero full-time jobs created from the program last year.
3. No money. According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the incentives bring in only 11 cents on the dollar spent — a huge loss for taxpayers.
By all fair measures, the nearly $500 million devoted to the film incentive program has been a waste. It should be ended and the money redirected to better priorities.
A movie (partly) filmed in Michigan (received Film Program subsidy):
From Michigan Senator Patrick Colbeck:
It appears that the days of picking winners and losers via the state Film Credit Program are finally nearing an end. In a compromise reached between the Senate, House and Governor, the original $50M appropriation for the Film Credits will be cut to $25M for the FY16 budget. According to Gongwer News Service, "$19.1 million of the money would instead go toward covering the debt for the Raleigh studio, leaving just $5.9 million for the actual film incentives". The remaining $25M is specified as "1-Time" which is supposed to mean that it will not be promulgated in next year's budget.
EDITORS NOTE: "BUT" Patrick has also informed us of so man "1-Time" items that somehow keep getting put back in as "1-Time" items for years and years and years on end. So, if you are for or against the Film Subsidies you need to let your Representative and/or the Governor know your thoughts!