As the author of Michigan’s motion picture and digital media production tax credit, my goals for the legislation were:

To stimulate investment in Michigan at a time of disinvestment, and a time when the banks would not lend in our state (they still won’t).

• To create new jobs immediately, providing an instant shot in the arm for the state that has led the nation in unemployment for much of the past decade.

• To spawn a new industry that could become one-tenth or one-twentieth of a new, diversified Michigan economy.

• To fight our “brain drain” of educated, creative young people.

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