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2011 Senate Bill 383: Retain state film subsidy program

Public Act 77 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on May 12, 2011, to empower the state government film office to grant smaller tax break/subsidies less than the 42 percent of a producer’s Michigan expenses currently authorized by the state's unlimited film subsidy program. The program will be replaced next year by $25 million appropriated by the Legislature to hand out to film producers.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on May 12, 2011.
      • Referred in the Senate on June 1, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on June 1, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 1, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on June 1, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on June 15, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 15, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that also uses it as a "vehicle" for extending certain corporate and developer tax breaks and subsidies repealed as part of the Michigan Business Tax repeal, and also changes the MBT treatment of certain payments by trucking companies to subcontractors. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 15, 2011.
  4. Passed 104 to 4 in the House on June 16, 2011, to empower the state government film office to continue to grant film producer subsidies, but smaller ones than under the previous unlimited film incentive program. With the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax the film subsidy program would disappear, but instead it will be replaced next year by $25 million appropriated by the Legislature to hand out to film producers. The House added unrelated provisions extending certain "brownfield" and related corporate and developer tax breaks and subsidies that are also scheduled to end with the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 21, 2011.
  6. Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on June 22, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 12, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 Senate Bill 383 (Restore state film subsidy program)  by albaby2 on June 9, 2011 

 So you take pride in knowing part of your salary was taken from taxpayers to subsidize the film industry. Care to tell us the names of the movies and how much the state coffers benefitted from them?



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 383 (Restore state film subsidy program)  by albaby2 on June 9, 2011 

 How much profit did Ohio make from the movies-or was the Governor just overwhelmed in the presence of movie "stars"?  What movies were they?



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 383 (Restore state film subsidy program)  by albaby2 on June 9, 2011 

 Now maybe Mikey Moore can make some more crockumentaires that bite the hand the gave him the subsidy to make the film. Why do we complain about subsides to companies that provide the fuel we use and provide subsidies to companies that pay huge salaries to liberal actors and actresses  that seek to denigrate this country? I think the answer is that our politicians are cut from the same cloth.



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