Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lawmakers must push for details on film money

By Rich Perlberg | Livingston Daily | May 17, 2009

If lawmakers would just think outside the box, they might find a way to save the jobs of the 100 or so Michigan State Police troopers who are facing layoffs. Why not give all the troopers video cameras so they can film what they do every day?

Then, they can claim they are making movies and get a 40 percent appropriations boost, courtesy of the new Michigan Film Office.

Here's the really good part of my plan. When the state police determine how much they need, all they need to do is to pitch a number of how much they are spending on filming. The higher the number, the more money they get.

What's really special is that virtually no one will be allowed to see if the expenditures are valid or even make sense.

What could be simpler than that?

I'm being sarcastic here. But just a little.

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