Washington loses Microsoft jobs to Iowa in part over tax breaks

Washington loses Microsoft jobs to Iowa in part over tax breaks

John Carlson interviews State Senator, Janea Holmquist-Newbry (R-Moses Lake), who says Microsoft just announced a $1.1 billion construction plan for a data center in Iowa because House Democrats in Olympia refused to pass a tax break that Microsoft had requested in order to build the data center in Eastern Washington. According to a report in the Des Moines Register, the Microsoft data center project would translate to about $8 million annually in property taxes the city would collect from Microsoft once the data center is complete. The project will also create 84 direct Microsoft jobs, 66 of which must have a wage of $24.32 an hour.