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Rep. Amash calls proposed tax breaks for Switch data center ‘Cronyism and corporate welfare’

Posted at 9:49 AM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 10:01:53-05

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Rep. Justin Amash is speaking out strongly against a package of tax breaks being put together by state lawmakers for the $5 billion data center that could move into the empty Steelcase Pyramid.

Amash attacked the proposed bill package for the Switch data center on Twitter, calling the move cronyism and corporate welfare.

Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers political action committee, has also come out against the 3-bill package, saying it amounts to the government picking winners and losers.

Supporters of the tax incentives say they’re only offering the same tax breaks as competing states, hoping to attract the massive data center, and 1,000 new jobs, to Gaines Township.

Rep. Amash did not respond to FOX 17’s request for further comment. Instead, his Press Secretary told FOX 17, “I would just refer you to his tweets.”