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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 8, 2015 04:52 PM
From: Senator Scott E. Hutchinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Data Center Investment Incentive Program
In the near future I intend to reintroduce legislation establishing a sales and use tax exemption program for data center equipment purchases in an effort to reduce neighboring states’ competitive advantage in attracting large, high-tech capital investments. Currently, 17 states including Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia offer sales tax exemptions to incentivize data center investments.

Under my proposal, eligible data center owners, operators and tenants must have a combined minimum employee payroll of $1 million within four years of program certification by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Further, a combined minimum new capital investment must be achieved within four years of certification by DCED as follows:
  • $50 million in a county with a population greater than 250,000
  • $25 million in a county with a population less than 250,000
The net effect of this program would be more skilled Pennsylvania jobs and an increase in state and local revenues. Last session this legislation was cosponsored by Senators Erickson, Rafferty, Robbins, Vogel, Vulakovich, and Smith. Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Leventry by calling 787-9684.

Introduced as SB798