Tax breaks for major data storage centers have advanced in the state legislature.
“In the past couple of years, data centers have been looking at Nebraska. You’ve heard names such as Google and Yahoo and there are a number of other companies looking at us,” Sen. Abbie Cornett of Bellevue tells colleagues to open Unicameral floor debate. “Whether there are ten companies or there are no companies looking at Nebraska right now, I believe this bill is absolutely essential to building Nebraska and providing good-paying technology jobs in the state.”
Cornett sponsors LB 1118, which would provide property tax breaks to data centers investing at least $300 million and employing a minimum of 30 workers.
Several rural lawmakers see the incentives as a way to bring much needed jobs to outstate Nebraska.
“This really does afford, especially areas in rural Nebraska, some great opportunities,” according to Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton.
The bill is receiving nearly unanimous support in the legislature. Only Sen. Rich Pahls of Omaha issues a cautionary note. Pahls points out ten bills have been filed that would provide a total of $46.6 million in tax breaks over the next three years. Pahls asks colleagues to keep that in mind during the session.
AUDIO: Unicameral debates LB 1118 [1 hour]