Ore. Legislature sends Facebook bill to governor
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The state House has passed a measure that resolves confusion over the Oregon tax laws that apply to Facebook.
The House's unanimous vote on Wednesday sends the measure to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has previously voiced support for it.
Facebook lobbied for the bill fearing an outdated section of the tax code would undermine tax breaks it received to as an incentive to build a data center in Crook County. Officials in Central Oregon feared the uncertainty would hurt their efforts to recruit other technology companies to the region, which is an attractive location for data centers because of a mild climate and abundant power.
Apple confirmed this week that it bought 160 acres and plans to build a data center near Facebook's in Prineville.