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Kentucky seeks to lure data center investment with new bill offering tax breaks

A trade association of tech companies called NetChoice is encouraging states to create tax breaks in order to compete among themselves for the data centers, with an association representative telling the House panel Kentucky should enter the contest where states like Virginia and Ohio already are celebrating ribbon-cuttings.

“Virginia recovered over a dollar in state revenue for every dollar in state taxes exempted for data center equipment and purchases,” testified Barbara Comstock, a NetChoice advisor who helped craft data center tax breaks in Virginia when she served in that state’s legislature.