Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins pointed the finger at Governor Tim Kaine today for letting an Apple datacenter bypass Southside Virginia.
The computer company chose a site in Catawba County, North Carolina to build the new center, which will bring a $1 billion investment over nine years, provide as many as 3,000 temporary jobs, and more than 200 permanent jobs.
Mullins said in a statement today that economic impact could have come to Virginia instead if Kaine was not distracted by his other job—Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
According to the statement, Apple approached Kaine about possible sites in February. During the last General Assembly session, Kaine amended a bill that dealt with sales and use taxes to offer a break to Apple for computer equipment purchases.
“Unfortunately, that’s where it became clear that Governor Kaine had sent down a bad apple of an amendment,” Mullins said, “His own tax department found that it did not cover everything it was supposed to.”
From the release:
Indeed, Kaine’s own tax department concluded that the exemption, which included “other enabling hardware,” did not cover chillers for Apple’s servers and related back-up generators. Inexplicably, Kaine did not ask the department to re-evaluate its appraisal.
By this point, the reconvened session had ended.
Kaine spokesperson Lynda Tran said their was no mistake in the amendment.
“The amendments we made inline with what we thought was a prudent offer,” said Tran.
Ultimately, North Carolina offered a juicer carrot–$46 million in tax breaks spread over the next decade, plus an addition $21 million in government funding.
“North Carolina made the decision to spend more taxpayer dollars than Virginia did,” said Tran, “We’re proud of the fact that Virignia has a low tax burden.”