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Call To End Film Credits

A move is underway in Lansing to eliminate Michigan’s film incentive program.

The Michigan House Tax Policy Committee has scheduled a hearing next Wednesday in Lansing, on a measure sponsored by House Republican Dan Lauwers of Brockway in St. Clair County.

The proposal says the film incentives will end on September 30th.

While legislators this year have reduced the size of the film credit program because of budget constraints, Governor Rick Snyder did propose a 50 (m) million dollar placeholder in next year’s budget for film credits. That effectively means he’s putting the issue up for discussion.

Lauwers has said that while he supports filmmaking in Michigan he “doesn’t want to have to buy it.”

Last year there were 27 film projects that were supported with $64 million in taxpayer supported film credits. The projects had expected to generate more than two thousand hires.

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