Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to cap the state's film subsidy program to $25 million has high profile film industry supporters, including Mitch Albom, fighting back.
The Mackinac Center spoke with Albom as well as Michigan's Budget Director about this escalating controversy.
Background: The Michigan Film incentive program currently offers a refund of up to 42% of film production spending in Michigan. The amount is unlimited. As part of his plan to reduce a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proposed capping the state's film subsidies to a yearly allowance of $25 million. And unlike the current approval process which rests solely with the Michigan Film Office and Treasury Department, the money would be legislatively appropriated.