The first floor vote came today for a proposed tax break for data centers that has been waiting in the wings.
The goal is to lure server farms to eastern Washington. A bill would allow technology companies to pay no sales tax when they build the centers in rural counties. All but seven counties are considered rural.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill, 39-4.
Senators rejected amendments that would have allowed the tax break only for counties with higher-than-average unemployment.That would have added Pierce County, where work has started on a data center, and a couple of …