Michigan lawmakers start passing incentives to lure Hollywood

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Legislature is starting to pass bills aimed at making Michigan one of the country's most attractive states in which to make a movie.

The legislation would give movie studios a 40 percent credit or rebate on their production costs.

The Michigan Senate began passing legislation Thursday. The House could follow in the afternoon.

The bills are expected to quickly reach Governor Jennifer Granholm's desk.

Lawmakers hope their efforts will leapfrog Michigan ahead of top moviemaking states such as Louisiana.

Michigan already has film incentives in place. But critics say that by the time they became law in early 2007, the incentives no longer were enticing enough to attract Hollywood.

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