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Michigan Gov. to film biz: Drop dead

Republican's budget proposal slashes film incentives

The generous incentives that have made Michigan a destination for Hollywood production in the past few years are in peril after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget Thursday that would slash funding for the program.

If the state legislature approves the newly elected Republican’s proposal, Michigan’s 42% production-cost tax kickback would likely be eliminated, and only $25 million would be set aside for filmmaking incentives in 2012 — a steep decline from the more than $100 million the state approved in 2010.

Preapproved tax incentives will still be honored.

How Snyder’s $25 million in proposed incentives would be distributed would have to be determined by Michigan lawmakers.

Since the state began luring productions with its incentives in 2008, 135 productions have been completed there, and filmmakers have spent an estimated $650 million.

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