Data center tax breaks head to gov.

    Switch data center | Nick Manes

    The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would give new tax breaks to data centers on top of a 2015 package meant to entice Switch to open up its Kent County location.

    Senate Bill 455, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), will head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. So will House Bill 5187, sponsored by state Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), and HB 5188, sponsored by Rep. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker), which reimburse schools for any revenue lost from the tax exemptions to the School Aid Fund.

    The House had passed legislation in December before adjourning for the year.

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