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Existing data centers concerned about bills giving tax breaks to Grand Rapids project

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
The Michigan House of Representatives. Union members protested today in a State House committee room.

Existing data centers in Michigan are concerned about bills meant to attract a massive data farm to Grand Rapids. Lawmakers are considering tax breaks for all data centers. But existing centers say they’re still worried the bills will give Nevada-based company Switch an unfair advantage.

Yan Ness is the CEO of Online Tech in Ann Arbor. "I would like to make sure that all of those investments are at a level playing field when it comes to taxes,” Ness said.

Existing data centers are calling for guarantees in the legislation that all data centers will be treated equally.

Other critics of the legislation say it’s bad public policy to target one industry for big tax breaks.

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