Narrow server farm vote shows legislative rift on tax breaks
A razor-thin legislative vote on tax breaks for a Grand Rapids-area data center could portend problems for other companies or industries hoping to secure economic incentives in Michigan.
A divided state House this past week passed legislation that would give additional tax exemptions to Switch.
The company opened a mega-campus of computer servers in 2017.
The Senate may vote when it returns next year.
The dispute comes as lawmakers declined to extend Michigan's "Good Jobs" tax incentives for large-scale business expansions.
Lawmakers also left the Pure Michigan tourism campaign unfunded amid a budget impasse.