Governor signs MacGregor data center legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Peter MacGregor to help create jobs and increase business investment in the state by providing sales tax and use tax exemptions for data centers was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday.

“In our increasingly interconnected world, the storage and security of digital data is critically important,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “With these new laws, Michigan will play a vital role in this growing industry, which will help our economy, create jobs and retain and attract talented professionals to our state.”

Senate Bills 616 and 617, now Public Acts 251 and 252 of 2015, were key to finalizing a plan by Switch, a Nevada-based company, to build a two-million-square-foot Kent County data center — called Supernap Michigan. Existing data centers and those looking to locate in Michigan are eligible for the exemptions as well.

The laws go in to effect immediately.

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MacGregor: Passage of legislation key to new Kent County data center, would benefit all of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor said legislation approved by the Legislature on Tuesday would help create jobs and increase business investment in the state.

Senate Bills 616 and 617 would establish sales tax and use tax exemptions for the data center industry, which is key to finalizing a plan by Switch, a Nevada-based company, to build a two-million-square-foot data center — called Supernap Michigan — that would become the largest data center in the eastern United States. The legislation would apply to all existing data centers and those looking to locate in Michigan.

“This is great news for our state and for west Michiganders who may soon have new jobs thanks to Switch’s investment,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “With the passage of this important legislation, all data centers, like this one, will be able to operate in Michigan on a level playing field similar to our neighboring Great Lakes states, making our state even more competitive and attractive in a modern 21st century economy.

“By enacting these bills, residents with degrees in computer science, engineering and related areas of study will have more opportunities to stay and work in Michigan and earn highly competitive salaries in a growing industry. Not only would this help Michigan’s economy by retaining the talent it helps produce, but it would also help attract highly educated and talented professionals who might otherwise not consider our state.”

The legislation now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.

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Sen. MacGregor welcomes state champion Rockford Rams boys cross country team to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Peter MacGregor welcomed the 2015 Michigan High School Athletic Association Boys Cross Country state champion team from Rockford High School to the Senate on Wednesday, and he presented the team with a special tribute.

The running Rams defeated Division I opponent Northville Nov. 7 at Michigan International Speedway to earn their second-consecutive state title. The team secured its win with key individual performances by Isaac Harding, who took first place, and by Cole Johnson, who finished in third place. MacGregor’s son, Matt, is also a member of the team and was on hand for the presentation, which the senator said made the event even more special.

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