- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill granting Apple renewable tax credits and tax exemptions for the $2 billion data center it plans to open in Mesa.

The House and the Senate swiftly passed the proposal through the Legislature before landing on the governor’s desk.

Ducey signed the bill Tuesday, saying the incentives improve Arizona’s ability to attract high-wage companies and compete globally. He called the bill a huge win for Arizona that will have a ripple effect on state businesses.

House Speaker David Gowan and Senate President Andy Biggs sponsored House Bill 2670 extending a $5 million tax credit to international operations centers that build renewable energy facilities. The bill also exempts them from sales taxes on electricity or natural gas.

Apple is set to begin construction next year.

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