From what I've read/heard....the film tax credits were put in place a few years ago to bring business into the state, but it didn't bring the amounts they had hoped for.
If the state is giving a certain percentage in tax credits to the film industry, it needs to make up that revenue somewhere, and the supporting businesses to the film industry never materialized.
A city near me got into a HUGE financial mess with a proposed film studio, and now that city has had to lay off it's entire fire dept. because they are in deep debt. And that city already has pretty high property taxes for the area.
It's a mess.....the city of Detroit has been a mess for decades, and the state is falling deeper in debt. Our new governor is trying to find ways to dig us out.
I loved watching Detroit 187, and it's too bad that they aren't renewing for a second season. The reason is most likely political, and that's a shame. But I would much rather live in a healthy, viable state than watch a great cop show once a week.