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2019 Senate Bill 455: Give more tax breaks to particular “data center”

Public Act 28 of 2020

Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on August 28, 2019
To exempt a particular “data center” business that is also benefiting from state “renaissance zone” subsidies and tax breaks from additional school and local personal property taxes (which are levied on business tools and equipment). The bill would exempt the equipment owned by the Nevada company that occupied the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building in Grand Rapids from local debt millages, local special assessment levies, and some school property tax levies ("revenue enhancement" millages and "sinking fund" taxes).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee on August 28, 2019
Reported in the Senate on September 17, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on September 24, 2019
Referred to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee on September 24, 2019
Reported in the House on October 31, 2019
Refer too the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on October 31, 2019
Reported in the House on November 6, 2019
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Bronna Kahle (R) on December 11, 2019
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5188, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5188 would require that foregone state school aid fund tax revenue lost due to these tax breaks must be “reimbursed” by transferring a like amount of revenue from other state taxes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2019
Amendment offered by Rep. Rebekah Warren (D) on December 11, 2019
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5187, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5187 would require that foregone state school aid fund tax revenue lost due to these tax breaks must be “reimbursed” by transferring a like amount of revenue from other state taxes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2019
Passed 55 to 53 in the House on December 11, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To exempt a particular “data center” business that is also benefiting from state “renaissance zone” subsidies and tax breaks from additional school and local personal property taxes (which are levied on business tools and equipment). The bill would exempt the equipment owned by the Nevada company that occupied the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building in Grand Rapids from local debt millages, local special assessment levies, and some school property tax levies ("revenue enhancement" millages and "sinking fund" taxes). The House-passed version links this to passage of bills that would require the state to reimburse the local school taxes not collected due to granting this privilege.
Received in the Senate on December 19, 2019
Moved to reconsider in the Senate on February 11, 2020
To reconsider the vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 11, 2020
Received in the Senate on February 11, 2020
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on February 11, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which links it to passage of bills (House Bills 5187 and 5188) that would require the state to shift revenue from other taxes to the School Aid Fund to "reimburse" it for the school taxes not collected due to granting this privilege to this company.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on February 13, 2020

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