Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cut! Michigan Film Industry on the Budget Room Floor

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Reactions are still emerging from the release of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal last week. I commented on my first impressions late last week and am now following up on a more detail look into some of the more controversial aspects of the budget.

From my morning overview of Michigan news sources, it appears that much of the budget discussion today focused on the state's film industry incentives program. Mitch Albom writes that Snyder's proposal to scale back the nation's most generous film tax incentives felt like getting "punched in the stomach."

I understand the allure of the film industry and the magic of movies. I wrote about it on the blog last fall (parts IIIIII, & IV). The film incentive program is very popular and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows that it has been successful. Still, the overall evidence on the success of the program is mixed. A recent Earnst & Young study states that every $1 spent on the program generates $6 in state economic activity which contradicts the 2010 Senate Fiscal Agency report from last fall that found that the program will never "pay for itself."

The problem with Albom's criticism is that it is written like kid in a tantrum who's had a new toy taken away:  "Snyder acts as if the world consists of one type of business -- a type that only wants low state taxes. He's wrong."

"No, Walter, you're not wrong. You're just an asshole." - The Dude

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Michigan Expats Podcast Episode 24 – Fun Stuff


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By  Mr. Sig

Mr. Sig and the Doctor pair up for another excellent episode featuring an embarrassing repeat of a song from last week.  Otherwise, it was an excellent episode.

Remember that if you want to share a song with us, just share a dropbox folder with us.  As always, if you want to be on the show, you can call us on gchat or skype.  We send out facebook and twitter messages before we start so you know.

Electric Six – Synthesizer – Purchase on Amazon

Eminem – Beautiful – Purchase on Amazon

Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher – Purchase on Amazon

Marshall Crenshaw – Cruel to be Kind – Purchase on Amazon

The Spinners – Rubberband Man – Purchase on Amazon

The Contours – Do you Love me? – Purchase on Amazon

Was (not Was) – Spy in the House of Love – Purchase on Amazon

Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight – Purchase on Amazon

Frontier Ruckus – June is our Mother’s Name – Purchase on Amazon