Although Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) unsuccessfully tried to legislate video game content in 2005, she now hopes to sign into law a bill that would provide tax incentives for film and video game production in Michigan.
As reported by WILX-10, a proposal now before the state legislature would offer a 40% state tax credit or an equal rebate on production costs. Rep. Andy Meisner (D), who chairs the Commerce Committe for Michigan’s House of Representatives, said:
We have an opportunity to do something that will provide an immediate stimulus to our ailing economy.
Although movies are the main focus of the Michigan legislation, the bill will also cover video game development, television productions, commercials and Internet programs.