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Will Michigan Taxpayers Be Giving KISS Millions For the Rock Band's Film?

Gene Simmons slaps down socialism but KISS film may accept film subsidies

… incentives the Michigan Film Office approved in 2011 for the KISS film "Cadillac High"? Simmons … to reapply for the film incentive and hasn t … spokeswoman for the Michigan Film Office. It is unclear … more

Films or Potholes?

Cost of film subsidy program would repair over 5 million potholes

… million for the state's film subsidy program. Previously, … they should end the film program and use the … are pledging toward films for the upcoming fiscal … a lot of reasons , film subsidies are one of … more

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

… Free Press column , film industry proponent and … refundable, unlimited film incentives, you might … effectively chases films away. No successful … wants to be the last film in, then find out the … more

Five Reasons Government Subsidies For Films Are A Bad Idea

Politicians help Big Hollywood soak taxpayers for few benefits, much harm

… of expenditures for film, television, music video, … debated Michigan's film subsidy program on … are: The Michigan film subsidy program does … nearby ). It's true that film production companies … more

Box Office Bombs: Made in Michigan

Many films are getting more money from Michigan taxpayers than they are at the theaters

"The Genesis Code," a film shot in Michigan, received … during the two years of filming and its theatrical release. The film received a lot of media … attention because it was filmed in west Michigan. … more

Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust

Taxpayers have spent nearly $450 million with little to show for it

… changed its open-ended film incentive program to … devoted $444.7 million to film productions from both … establish a permanent film industry. Approved film productions spend money … more

Film Subsidy Bucks Buy Video Games: Does Hollywood Glitz Still Shine?

… Michigan s controversial film tax subsidy, taxpayers … August, the Michigan Film Office awarded Scientifically … Clooney this month at a film festival what he thought about filming in Ann Arbor. Clooney s … more

Republican-led Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly to Continue 'Big Hollywood' Film Subsidy

Senate passes bill 34-4, House 92-15

… allowing the state s film subsidy program to continue, … $100 million for the film subsidy program. The … how much the Michigan Film Office can authorize, … converts the previous film incentive program into … more

Film Incentive Bill Sows Its Own Expansion

… expand the state s film incentive program, which … law was to allow the film office flexibility to … version of the bill gives film productions shooting … doesn t let the Michigan Film Office decide how much … more

GOP Budget Spends More on Film Subsidies

Picking Hollywood over taxpayers

… spent on Michigan s film subsidy program. Spending … program. Michigan s film subsidy used to be the … give-backs. Last year, the film subsidy gave millions … rich Hollywood studio films like " A Very Harold … more

Warning: Increase Film Subsides Now and Risk Regrets Later

… one-time allowance for film subsidies in Michigan. … Richardville, R-Monroe, on the film subsidies: (Richardville) … allocated to the state s film incentive program for … bill to change the film subsidies that would … more

State Subsidies for Hollywood Dying in Iowa and Drawing Fire In Missouri and Michigan

… second thoughts about film tax incentives. Iowa … Rick Snyder has said that film credits aren t sustainable … recommended ending its film incentives. The report … Branstad, said the film credit in their state … more

Another Film Subsidy Failure

Michigan 3D media company, Speedshape, paid by taxpayers to help make Spy Kids 4, owes taxes and rent

… thanks to Michigan film incentives in 2011 to … release from the Michigan Film Office. The Weinstein … million by the Michigan film tax incentive. However, … is bothered that the film was not shot in Michigan … more

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each

… year $35 million to film the "Batman vs. Superman" movie to be filmed in Michigan. In … hook for $7.80 for the film. Perhaps taxpayers can … released in 2015. Film subsidies are bad … more

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust

… column on Michigan's film incentive program should … a clear conclusion: Film subsidies have to go. Researchers … spectrum agree that film incentives don't create … Foundation says the film incentives "are costly … more

Riches-to-Rags Story Developing For Movie Operations in Michigan

House budget proposes eliminating state's $50M film subsidy program

If the state s film subsidy were a movie … proposing to eliminate the film credit completely. Nancy … to vote against the film subsidy. "I think … economic return of using film credits is minuscule … more

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

Some Republicans protecting Big Hollywood corporate welfare

… which would end the Michigan film subsidy program and … been big backers of the film program, even pushing … biggest fans of the film incentive . It … Michigan. The film subsidies are an inefficient … more

Film Incentives: The $50 Million Sequel

State Rep.: 'I think the studios made a big push for them ... they won me over'

… cutting Michigan's film incentives in half, … include any money for the film incentive program. The … again. Appropriations for the film incentives are one item … a compromise on the film incentives, such as … more

Taxpayers Handcuffed By Money Being Given To Beverly Hills Cop Production Company

Viacom reported $3.7 billion profit in 2013, but Michigan taxpayers will surrender $13.5 million for filming in the state

… million in Michigan while filming. Viacom CEO … Foundation, who has studied film incentives around the … Drenkard said. Even filmmaker Michael Moore questioned … Michigan should give film subsidies to a corporation … more

Government Report Shows Film Jobs Stagnant Despite Incentives

State has pledged approximately $400 million from taxpayers for little return

… nation's most lucrative film incentive program, then … result of our aggressive film incentives we are not … one key aspect of the film industry post production … spokeswoman for the Michigan Film Office, said in an email … more
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Michigan Film Subsidies: Two Years, $117m — and No Film Job Growth

… years since Michigan's film subsidy program became … people employed by the film industry in Michigan … program began. The film subsidy program was … authorized $117 million in film credits, and the Department … more

Film Subsidy Money Has to Come From Somewhere

Actress's defense a case study for why movie program is an economic failure

… part of the state s film subsidy program. The … back the Michigan film tax credits, which previously … percent subsidy to select filmmakers. Most of this … your experience like filming the show in Michigan … more

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads affect everyone

… vs. Superman " being filmed in metro Detroit demonstrates … Dorris, Oakland County film commissioner, provided … get the idea that the film subsidies are a great … economic literature on film subsidy programs, and … more

'Low Winter Sun' Buzz Ignores Taxpayer Subsidies

Media reports overlooked $7.5M state taxpayers paid for TV drama to film here

… the drama series was filmed. "I was intrigued … Low Winter Sun. Filmmakers can get back as … thanks to the Michigan Film Office's film credit. That's … more

Cost to Replace Lost Jobs with Michigan Film Subsidies: $39.4 Billion

… estimates that Michigan film production tax breaks … During that year the film incentives' net cost … jobs with subsidized film production jobs would … "direct" jobs generated by film production subsidies … more

Taxpayer Funded Films Flop With Viewers

Taxpayer advocate: 'Economic health is not created when people's labor is used to make things nobody wants'

… "Love and Honor" was filmed in Ann Arbor in 2011, … movie was released, the film was more like its original … company $1.6 million in film incentives for $4.1 … office . Entertainment One Films said " Freaky Deaky ," … more

Michigan Film Subsidy Winner Costs 10x More to Make Than It Earns

… advocates of the Michigan film tax incentives said … they had in mind. Filmed in Grand Rapids, the … according to the Michigan Film Office. Had it been filmed in Louisiana, it would … more

Stage Doors and Broken Windows

… plea for more state film subsidies that ignores … previously unlimited film subsidies at only … this equation that the film subsidy beneficiaries … precisely the refrain of film giveaway advocates when … more

Michigan Taxpayers Already Paid for 'Oz'

Film costs state taxpayers almost $9 each

… Powerful," opens today. The film cost the studio about … the state s generous film subsidy program. In … should be seeing the film for free. Michigan … the state gave the film studio $39.7 million … more

Analysis of Michigan Film Subsidies: Two Years, $117m - and No Film Job Growth

… years since Michigan's film subsidy program became … people employed by the film industry in Michigan … program began. The film subsidy program was … authorized $117 million in film credits, and the Department … more

Hollywood Battles Michigan's New Budget Chief

“There’s no other place in state government where we just say ‘we’re going to pay 42 percent, and let us know what the bill is.’”

… battle over Michigan's film subsidy program has … monetary favors to the film industry. Since … Michigan's film industry to fade away … strident supporters of the film incentives, which include … more

From Here to Eternity?

Motion Picture Association of America letter wants permanent corporate welfare for movies

… constantly told that film incentives are supposed … considered for major feature films. The MPAA represents … nearly every major film and television producer … without any uptick in film jobs. In California, … more

Analysis: Lawmakers Fail to Answer Questions About Film Subsidy Transparency

… about the Michigan Film Incentive and how well … can you tell us about film money?" appear common-sense, … think that the existing film incentive legislation … extent. The Michigan Film Office makes its legally … more

Firefighters or Mitch Albom's Movie Subsidy?

… spreading among Michigan film subsidy beneficiaries … Free Press s main film subsidy cheerleader, … Detroit Free Press, a failed film studio project is the … owned utopian 104-acre film studio and retraining … more

Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills

Michigan teachers and state employee systems paid $1.68 million so far for Pontiac studio

… has analyzed state film credits around the country … like supporters of the film tax credit be held financially … struggles on the film tax credit being reduced. The … more

Governor Describes Film Subsidies as Jobs Program, so "Why Not Give Them Spoons?"

… understanding of the state film production subsidies: "Goal of film tax credit is jobs, … more
Michael Moore

Michael Moore's 'Greed' Message Doesn't Apply to His Film's Financiers

Film incentives an accepted part of business plans

… taxpayer subsidies for filming in Michigan. Yet … for tax credits for filming part of the movie … at the Traverse City Film Festival and questioned … logic of the Michigan Film Incentive program, which reimburses … more

Media Ignores Costs In Film Coverage

Lawmakers exchange bad policy for Hollywood glitz

The Michigan film subsidy program is a … stories about the Disney film, "Oz: The Great and … its subsidies, the film program brought the … achieved no growth in film jobs in the meantime. The … more

Contrast Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout In 31st District Senate Race

State Sen. Mike Green vs. State Rep. Kevin Daley

… Daley) has voted for the film credits about every … "In my opinion, the film credits are a waste. … a penny toward the film credits. "My opponent … bailout." Rep. Daley said his film credit votes were primarily … more

Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood

Proponents of the Michigan film subsidy program, which … spends $40 million on film subsidies, most of which … million per year on film subsidies, is if politicians … more

Political Experience Separates Candidates In 98th District House GOP Primary

Gary Glenn vs. Karl Ieuter

… Development Corp., film subsidies and the state's … eliminate the state film incentive program. "Once … Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout … Costs Films Or Potholes? more

Fuzzy Film Math

… Press on the Michigan Film Office stated that its … promoted by the Michigan Film Office. According … University study of the film incentive program, there … jobs created by the film productions in 2008. But … more

Hollywood Grinch: Michigan Taxpayers Give 'A Very Harold Kumar Christmas' Millions

Does the film violate the state's obscenity standard?

… Christmas $8.3 million for filming in this state. The … state reimbursed the filmmakers for $8.3 million … statute that allows the film subsidies. The … spokeswoman for the Michigan Film Office, didn t respond … more

Movie Made in Israel Gets Michigan Tax Dollars

… outside the state for a film shot entirely in another … problems with the Michigan film incentive program, which … spends in the state. Film subsidy supporters always … provide subsidies, film producers will shop … more

While Taxpayers Shell Out Big For Hollywood Stars, Media Fawns

Michigan continues 'Big Hollywood' film subsidy

… they just finished a film in. The actors then … thanks to Michigan s film tax credit program. Clooney s … got $5.23 million in film subsidies and Answer … or Reel Steal? New Film Costs $4.26 Per Michigan … more

State 'Super' Sizes Movie with Subsidy

Hollywood getting more corporate welfare from your pockets

The Michigan Film Office announced recently … Superman-Batman movie would film in Michigan and collect … scope of the deal and film left me asking if one … million dedicated to this film and others is a colossal … more

Hollywood Transforms Itself to Milk Multiple States for Movie Money

'Transformers' movie series got millions from taxpayers in Michigan, Illinois and Florida

… 2010, then-Michigan Film Office Director Carrie … locations " during the filming. However, Michigan … spent $24 million for filming 30 days in Illinois … about $7.6 million in film tax subsidy money from … more

$72 Million in Film Credits Not Reported by Film Office

The Michigan Film Office, under Gov. Jennifer … gave out to Hollywood s film producers, according … out by the Michigan Film Office. Hohman caught … put out by Michigan Film Office and compared … more

Michigan's Solyndra?

… borrowed to set up a film studio in Pontiac, essentially … up to 42 percent of film producers Michigan … scaling back the absurd film subsidies, taxpayers … picking up 42 percent of film producers expenses. … more

Film Transparency – Just say No?

… transparency in the state s film subsidy program. On … require the Michigan Film Office to regularly post specific film production spending … of transparency in the film industry in March, 2009 … more
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Film Incentive Drama May Upset Reforms

… known as the Michigan Film Incentive is scheduled … reimburses 42 percent of a film production s costs … Legislature created the film subsidy program in 2008. … the state s economy. Film productions would receive … more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

… is now closed. Film tax breaks and subsidies … City. Nonetheless, the film, a scathing look at … Mr. Stone said of the film subsidies. Or like … another famed liberal filmmaker Michigan s … more

Is Shooting a Film in Detroit Like 'Being in Prison'?

… actors who worked on the film made what appeared … Paul Giamatti compared filming a movie in Detroit … Giamatti was in the film, shot partly in Ann Arbor … $4.9 million subsidy that the film received. "The … more

Sun Sets on Another Cop Drama Shot In Detroit; Taxpayers Lose More Money

Neither media hype, nor millions from taxpayers could keep 'Low Winter Sun' from being canceled after one season

… according to the Michigan Film Office. "Detroit … ABC police drama, was filmed in Detroit in 2010 … Michigan. Like most film projects set in Michigan, … inherent deficiency in films that get taxpayer subsidies. … more

Democrat Contradictions: Corporate Tax Breaks Bad, But Incentives for Hollywood Good

Dems criticize MEDC, but want to give more money to millionaire movie moguls

… Bob, founded Miramax Films in 1979 and then sold … supported the state's film subsidy program and … million from the state's film incentive program in … to eliminate the film subsidy entirely from … more

Big Hollywood Bailout: Taxpayers Spent Nearly $40 Million To Subsidize Disney's 'Oz'

Michigan citizens helped pay for Disney's record profits

… nearly $40 million in film tax credits. That … Michigan handed out to film producers. Ironically, the state film subsidy nearly matched … 2012. "Oz" was filmed in Pontiac at Michigan … more

Direct Cash Grants: Anti-Crony Capitalism Policies Fall Short

… to eliminate state film incentives only capped … These favors to large film companies are an unjustified … more
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Lawmakers Tackle Film Credit Transparency

… sifting through the bills filmmakers had chalked up while filming in Michigan and submitted … Clint Eastwood and filmed in the Detroit area, … laundry list of what the filmmakers wanted to be reimbursed … more
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Lawmakers Tackle Film Credit Transparency

… sifting through the bills filmmakers had chalked up while filming in Michigan and submitted … Clint Eastwood and filmed in the Detroit area, … laundry list of what the filmmakers wanted to be reimbursed … more

Film Subsidy Secrecy May Be Ending

The details of how film production companies … the most lucrative film incentives in the country. … whether the Michigan Film Office will be as transparent … state that the Michigan Film Office is permitted … more

The State Should Dissolve the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council

The Michigan Film Office Advisory Council … to restructure the state s film incentives and cap the … is different from the Michigan Film Office itself. The film office administers the state s … more

Record Profits for Warner Bros. Doesn't Stop State From Giving Company Huge Subsidy

Movie company made $1.2 billion; Michigan taxpayers to give it $35 million

… Warner Bros. for the filming of the expected blockbuster … million in Michigan while filming the Superman-Batman … according to the Michigan Film Office. "The question … "I don't think the film tax credits are good … more

Analysis: Michael Moore Appears Ready to Take Film Subsidy for Anti-Subsidy Film

… yesterday reported that filmmaker Michael Moore expects … $1 million in state film subsidies for producing … state funds for a film that denounced government … to 42 percent of the filmmaker's total spending … more
Michigan pothole

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… million). There also is a film office line item worth … administration of the state s film subsidy program. The … proposed $25 million in film subsidies, a 50 percent … more

Sorry Your Film Office Success Story Was Not Found

… was part of the filming for the movie in … story about Michigan's film tax incentives. That … work. The Michigan Film Office promoted it on … According to the Michigan Film Office website, the … more
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Politically Correct Capitalism

Is your business loved or spurned by Lansing?

… refundable tax credit for film production that takes … breaks. Last year, film production companies … the tax rebate for filmmakers is projected to … University review of the film incentive program estimates … more

Commentary: Governor Should Veto Film Incentive Bills

… exceed 32 percent of a film’s expenditure, down … than this cap the film office will have no … been authorized for film subsidies this year, … cheesecake. Once the film office runs out of money, lawmakers … more

New Film Office Report Misleads and Shows Undercounting

… report of the Michigan Film Office confirms this. … been undercounting film incentives in previous … The Michigan film office administers a … program that gives filmmakers up to 42 cents … more
Michael & Me

Michael Moore Urged to Withdraw Film Subsidy Application

… senator is calling out filmmaker Michael Moore for … Story, in which the filmmaker decried the government … application from the Michigan Film Office, which would … costs associated with filming in the state. According … more

Commentary: Republican Legislators Try to Resurrect Film Subsidies

The state s film incentive, along with … legislation to allow for film credit zones, which … municipalities to offer the film credits that were eliminated … happening. Michigan s film subsidy program was … more

Attorney General Heeds Requests for Investigation of Embattled Film Studio

… Sorry Your Film Office Success Story … Rewrite E-mails Reveal That Film Office Chief Agrees … Demand More Info From Filmmakers Getting Special … Special Tax Perks for Filmmakers This … more

MichiganVotes.org June 17 Weekly Roll Call Report

… Bill 383 , Revise film and other corporate … the state government film office to grant smaller … the state's unlimited film subsidy program. The … Legislature to hand out to film producers. The House … more

MichiganVotes.org June 3 Weekly Roll Call Report

… 383 , Revise state film subsidy program, passed … state s unlimited film subsidy program, now … can be handed out to film producers). Under the … the state government film office could still grant … more

Real Steel or Reel Steal? New Film Costs $4.26 Per Michigan Taxpayer

… of the many movies filmed in Michigan and supported … dollars through the state film incentive program, … unfairly singles out films for special grants … incentive gives the film producers up-to 42 percent refundable … more

Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.

… Michigan taxpayers to film producers by making … more

Fewer People Employed in Michigan Movie Industry Than Before Film Tax Credits Began

… since the Michigan film incentive went into … James Hohman. "Film incentive supporters … signed creating the film subsidy program, that … more. "While the film incentive program has … more

Time to Hang(ar) It Up

The Hangar42 film studio scandal in … from the state. Some film incentive supporters … transparency in the film subsidy program were … including those for the film industry: Gov. … more

Do 'Stealthy' Michigan Senators Want to Spend $100 Million on Film Subsidies?

Facebook post insists: Michigan senator 'wishes to keep this process quiet and very stealth!'

… Save the Michigan Film Tax Credit facebook … overhaul of the Michigan film tax credit program, … effect next Jan.1), filmmakers have enjoyed … been authorized for film subsidies, which was … more
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Cost to Replace Lost Jobs with Michigan Film Subsidies: $39.4 Billion

… estimates that Michigan film production tax breaks … During that year the film incentives net cost … jobs with subsidized film production jobs would … direct jobs generated by film production subsidies would … more

E-mails Reveal That Film Office Chief Agrees With Criticisms of Embattled Studio Project

… director of the Michigan Film Office agreed with the … director of the state's film office, stated the Hangar42 … seeking a 25 percent film credit. Meanwhile, many … e-mail, the Michigan Film Office announced Lockwood's … more

Michigan Senator Calls Notion of 'Stealth' Film Subsidy Effort 'Absurd'

'If you can keep $100 million dollars quiet in this day and age with Gov. Snyder you’d have to be a Harry Houdini.' – Sen. Mike Kowall

… Facebook post by a film industry activist suggested … million to the state s film subsidy program and … thing related to the film subsidy program that … allow the Michigan Film Office to give filmmakers … more

Red Dawn Reality Check

… production companies that film in this state, the U.S. … military equipment for filming. It involved filming for the movie Red … equipment. We require filmmakers to reimburse us … more

Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine

… monumentally hyped film infrastructure deal … investment to the burgeoning film production community … chimed in with, "Our film program is just one … indictment of the film program released last … more

Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

There's plenty of money in the current budget

… expenditures for film producer subsidies … more
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How to Tell What a Bill Actually Does

… directly "subsidize" film makers. ObamaCare's … more
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Crony Capitalism: The Movie

… taxpayer for agreeing to film Oz in Michigan, while … comparable amounts for their films. If state policymakers … do better than the film subsidy program. It … creation, Michigan s film subsidy program contained … more

False Fears About Fracking

Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene

… cites the anti-fracking film, "Gasland," and references … lighter, and which the film's director attributed … when asked about the film scene : Terry … reporters regard the film as misinformation." Anthony … more

Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District

Superintendent Roger Rathburn vs. teacher Aaron Miller in the Republican primary

… million per year in film credits. There has been … vote to eliminate the film subsidy program. The … more? Regarding the film subsidy program, he … Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout … more

Stances on Corporate Welfare a Difference In Michigan's 39th House Race

Rep. Klint Kesto vs. Deb O'Hagan

… Corp. (MEDC), the film subsidy program, and … $300 million, and the film incentive program, which … next. On the film subsidy program, she … Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout … more

Michigan Gets Flying Monkeys for $40 Million

… perceived benefits of filming the movie " Oz: … aplenty for opposing film subsidies given to any … part, out of the 1939 film. Come to think of it, … called Oz throughout the film) meets three witches, … more

Here's Where the Candidates Stand In Michigan's 42nd House Race

Nick Fiani, Rich Perlberg, Dale Rogers and Lana Theis sound off

… Development Corp. (MEDC), the film subsidy program, and … you support the state film incentive program? Rogers : … not support the state film incentive program. Warner … random industry like films. It is a foolish … more
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State Lawmakers Invite a Local Emergency Manager by Disregarding Michigan’s History

… ill-conceived Michigan Film Incentive. This program … and huge subsidies to film productions and film studios located in Michigan. … programs like the Michigan Film Incentive. Only brazen … more

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… million). There also is a film office line item worth … administration of the state's film subsidy program . The … proposed $25 million in film subsidies, a 50 percent … Fund. Michigan Film Office (Administration) $883,700 $234,900 This … more

"Nicky's Family"

The inspiring story of Sir Nicholas Winton

… viewing the latest film release of the story … Winton at the Detroit Film Theatre within the Detroit … ( http://www.menemshafilms.com/nickys-family ) … the first time. The film shares the story of … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics

… this has included film subsidies , MEDC … more

Lansing Builds a 'Scaffolding for Plunder'

GOP Representative supports

… example, had not a state film subsidy program skewed … massive debt for a film studio whose collapse … more

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