And how much taxpayer money has been lost to cronyism over the last 7 years?
Michigan politicians have been telling us that the film credits were needed to compete with other states for years. Its just not so.
People in the industry have been remarking how successful other states have been by giving filmmakers taxpayer money to ‘create’ jobs in those states; all the while competing against Michigan’s excessive subsidizing of the vanity industry which HQs in Hollywood.
But the bottom line?
Filmmakers will shoot wherever it works. Not because of money, but because of scenery, availability of people and extras, and whatever else fits their movie storyline. I have been saying this since the Michigan film boondoggle began. Seven years ago:
“Those proponents who feel that the deal worked out was a bargain, and that we are getting FREE Money should consider the fact they have lost the value this state brings without the additional money that was essentially “left at the table.” They forget the natural beauty, the variety of urban, nature and waterscapes which are highly sought after already. Michigan has SO MUCH to offer ANY industry without any overblown incentives.”
So very much, that its why I cannot imagine living anywhere else.
And NOW it seems there is some acceptance that all the money paid out to producers for the privilege of using our natural resources was a sham. Even the governor says ‘no mas.’
” “It’s important that we support creativity and innovation in our state, and we’ll continue to have a Michigan Film Office to assist moviemakers and production staff,” Snyder said. “Michigan has much to offer the movie industry, including top-notch talent and beautiful backdrops that will continue to draw filmmakers to Michigan even without taxpayer-funded incentives.” “
Yeah. That’s right.