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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

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

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

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

Meet James Hohman, Assistant Director of Fiscal Policy at the Mackinac Center. James discusses his latest project, an analysis of Proposal 1, the proposal on personal property tax reform that will appear on the August 5th ballot. Read more about Proposal 1 here: http://www.mackinac.org/20246


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