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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Consider this a double feature with CS, and Jarrett Skorup at Mac Center
The Disney blockbuster "Oz: The Great and Powerful" opens tonight. The film cost the studio about $200 million to make, but Michigan taxpayers chipped in substantially for the production through the state's generous film subsidy program. In fact, the state paid more per taxpayer than the average price of a movie ticket - Michigan residents should be seeing the film for free.
What total crap. Lansing could only find a way to free up 29% of the monies for maintaining our waterways in comparison to what Hollywood ripped off on one movie filmed in a mismanaged broke-ass city with an EFM. You read that right. $11.5M, and STEALING $8.7M from projects already underway to pay for dredging.
The Governerd's half billion dollar piggy bank? Hands off. Damn near $40M in our tax dollars sent to Disney with assets totaling $74.8 Billion? No problem. The Water Wonderland? Take a hike.
This is why politicians are despised.
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
Given the previous article, I thought you all might enjoy this one.
Michigan State Senator Proos talks about dredging as it relates to water use tourism, and the dollars flowing in from it. Concerned about a boating traffic 'shutdown' he notes the economic costs of our great big bathtubs filling up with silt.
At the end, as always, our daddies in Washington are pleaded to, for consideration in getting some of our allowance money to pay for getting our toys into the harbor.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
For the premium paid, why are funds for dredging even an issue?
The state Senate is considering taking $30 million from Michigan's rainy day fund for emergency dredging of harbors and waterways this year to relieve shallows that threaten the state's boating industry as a result of historic low levels in the Great Lakes.
The article goes on to state that MDOT's budget may be tapped. Perhaps, that's not out of the question considering how many boats I see filling up at gas stations paying road tax. Well, at least the ones not using Rec Gas, and Off-road Diesel like I do, anyway. Better question is where in the Hell has all the registration fee monies gone? Has anyone actually sat down and looked at the Watercraft Fee Schedule? It's got-damn obscene. Add insult to injury, the article glosses over reviving a local tax grab scheme too.
"Everything is on the table," said state Sen. Geoff Hansen, R-Hart, who is taking the lead in the effort.
No, Sen. Hansen. $630M rainy day fund? It's enough of the Bee esS. No new taxes - period. Dredge the damn waterways.
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