In the two years since the State of Michigan offered the movie industry some of the largest tax incentives in history, over 80 film and television productions have taken place. The Associated Press examined how the state is adjusting to this new popular industry and its economic benefits.
Since the measure became law on April 7, 2008, 89 movie or TV productions have been completed. Hotels, caterers and others getting some spin-off business can't wait for the industry to expand.
But some lawmakers are questioning whether Michigan is getting its money's worth.
The tax credit program is projected to cost the state nearly $69 million for projects completed in 2009, not counting incentives given for permanent infrastructure projects, according to the Michigan Film Office. The potential annual bill is higher — more than $100 million — but some projects weren't finished and won't get the tax credits.