Kitzhaber says he’ll support Facebook bill



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has thrown his support behind legislation intended to clear up uncertainty surrounding the Oregon tax rules that apply to Facebook.

Kitzhaber’s blessing is a step forward for the social media giant, which has feared that outdated laws might lead to an unexpectedly high tax bill at a data center in Prineville, where local officials promised tax breaks.

Facebook is backing a bill clarifying that data centers are taxed by local authorities, not the state, while tax incentives are in effect. Kitzhaber adviser Scott Nelson said Thursday the governor would sign a bill with those provisions.

Facebook lobbyist Corey Owens says the bill would secure the future of data centers in Oregon.

A mild climate and abundant energy have made Eastern Oregon an attractive place for data centers, where technology companies store data.