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Film incentive program proposal passes MI Senate

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI –

Film and video game companies who want to work in Michigan would be able to apply for money from the state to help fund their projects under a measure approved by the state Senate Thursday. The program is designed to help bolster a stagnant film-incentive program.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville was asked if his film-incentive program proposal picks winners and losers.

"I don't really know that it's picking winners or losers," he says. "What it's doing is picking winners being blue-collar workers in Michigan, versus losers being people who are in the unemployment line. Those are the winners and losers that I'm most concerned about now."

Richardville says he hopes the new film-incentive program is approved by the Legislature before the end of the year.

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