Detroit Evening Report: Michigan lawmakers considering revival of film tax credits

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A Michigan House committee is considering new legislation aimed at boosting the state’s film and digital media industry.

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House Bills 4907 and 4908 – known as the Multimedia JOBS Act – propose a reimagining of the state’s film industry incentives.

Michigan’s original film tax credits were repealed in 2015 under then-Gov. Rick Snyder – ending what some considered the nation’s most generous state film package at the time.

Alexander Page – chair of the Michigan Film Industry Association’s Legislative Committee – says the proposed legislation is innovative.

“We’re starting from scratch, focusing on pro-jobs, pro Michigan and pro-economy principles,” said Page. “Unlike the old rebate system, our transferrable tax credit ensures benefits stay in Michigan — supporting local companies.”

The proposed act will offer larger incentives for productions employing Michigan residents and businesses. Page says he expects a $6-8 billion boost for Michigan’s economy during the first ten years if the new bills are signed into law.

WDET reporter Amanda LeClaire contributed to this story.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.