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Lame duck could see action on film credits

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Taking another look at Michigan's film incentives.

The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.

The credits will go away in 2017 if lawmakers do not act to extend them. The state Senate passed a bill last month that would keep them alive. Senate Bill 1103 got wide bipartisan support.

It appears the bill will continue to move now that it is in the state House.

“We’re certainly going to have to address that because it is a priority for (Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville) and we always try to work closely with our colleagues in the Senate to make sure that priorities for both chambers are addressed before the end of session,” said Ari Adler, spokesperson for state House Speaker Jase Bolger.

But Adler says the speaker still has some concerns about the film credits.

“He wants to look at, what is the investment being made by Michigan and what is the return on that investment and is it a good move in the long run? So we’ll keep that in mind as we move forward,” he said.

Governor Rick Snyder has questioned the value of the film credits. He says the state can make better investments that create more jobs.

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