Legislators Weigh-In On Microsoft Data Center

Rep. John Patton
Rep. John Patton

This week's sheridanmedia.com poll question asks whether or not you think Wyoming's $10.7 million grant to help Microsoft build a data center in Cheyenne is a good use of tax dollars.

Legislators Jon Botten and John Patton were on Public Pulse last week and gave their take on the issue. Botten says he's torn, as he explains.

Patton agrees with Botten's point, but adds that if Wyoming wants to bring big businesses like Microsoft there's not many other ways to go about doing it.

The $10.7 million grant would fund infrastructure for the area where the $112 million data center would be built. It would reportedly bring about 40 jobs when complete, with wages 150 percent above median in Laramie County, according to Governor Matt Mead's office.

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