Testimony for MD SB 397 – Data Center Tax Exemptions
“Data centers contain essential production equipment to deliver these services, so NetChoice members are eager to see Maryland join other states who recognize that to attract capital-intensive large data centers, it is necessary to allow the same sales tax treatment they have allowed for decades on equipment needed for other capital-intensive industries like manufacturing and agriculture,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice.
“Moreover, data centers are recession-proof, with high-paying tech jobs. Where NetChoice companies have invested in enterprise data centers, they contribute significantly to local taxes and are strong supporters of education and broadband expansion.
Not only do high wages in the data center industry offer a vital new employment option, but these centers also are a driving force in the development of renewable energy resources and upgrades to utilities and internet infrastructure. Moreover, the data centers generate new income and business taxes, sales taxes on non-exempt purchases and electricity, and local property taxes.”