Can Michigan afford to shed another 50 jobs? Michigan Republicans think so. As they prepare to kill off the Michigan film tax credit, the Detroit Free Press reports that a Livonia film studio, Maxsar, has already hired 50 people and plans to have 100 employees by the end of the year.
That's Michigan talent, not California talent. Fifty Michigan people who didn't have to move away from their families to get work, whose pay checks are being spent at Michigan businesses and to pay Michigan taxes.
But the supposedly business-friendly Republicans are preparing to drive those jobs away.
According to the Free Press:
"Like others in the industry, Martinez is waiting to see whether changes will be made to the film incentives. Rumors about the demise of the tax breaks have already caused headaches for his business, generating fear among employees and investors.
"'We cannot make the investment to buy (the buildings) until we know the tax credit is stable,' the Northville resident said. 'If they are going to change the law, tell us now. We need some stability.'
"If the tax breaks are eliminated or scaled back significantly, Martinez said, at least half the studio's 50 employees would leave Michigan."
So that's what happens when Republican rhetoric meets reality. Michigan jobs go elsewhere.