A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Results 1 to 10 of 206

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this premiere episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the economics of Academy Award winner Dallas Buyers Club. Subjects include public health and safety regulations, crony capitalism and the role of regulatory capture, the emergence of black and grey markets, and commercial exchange as a means for increased social tolerance.

Most Popular