Testimony for MD SB 397 - Data Center Tax Exemptions

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.”

NetChoice Testimony in support of Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice Testimony in support of Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice support for Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice support for Michigan HB 5127 and HB 5128, regarding sales tax on data center equipment

NetChoice testimony in Pennsylvania Senate on taxation of data centers

NetChoice testimony in Pennsylvania Senate on taxation of data centers

Support for PA SB 320 enacting the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Support for PA SB 320 enacting the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

NetChoice Testimony for Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Antitrust Issues

NetChoice Testimony for Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Antitrust Issues

NetChoice Letter for the Record for House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Fostering a Healthier Internet to Protect Consumer

NetChoice Letter for the Record for House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Fostering a Healthier Internet to Protect Consumer

MLive - Michigan bill aims to restrict what internet companies could ban from their sites

MLive – Michigan bill aims to restrict what internet companies could ban from their sites

Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel for the trade association Net Choice, told lawmakers the legislation is rife with “constitutional infirmities” and could lead to a number of unintended consequences, including incentivizing companies to content moderation in order to avoid liability.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization, which says it represents businesses “promoting free speech and free enterprise on the net” on its website, opposes the bill.

“Because the term neutrality is so amorphous and so subject to the eye of the beholder, it’s not going to pass constitutional muster,” Szabo said of the bill. “In order to survive a First Amendment challenge, you have to be a compelling government interest, narrowly tailored and least restrictive. This bill fails all three prongs.”

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