State Supreme Court Rejects Google Incentives Lawsuit

North Carolina's Supreme Court is rejecting a lawsuit filed by a few taxpayers over tax breaks used to lure Google Inc. to Caldwell County.

Justices on North Carolina's highest court did not explain their decision Friday to allow a lower court ruling to stand. The state Court of Appeals ruled last year that three taxpayers were not adversely affected by the tax breaks, so they could not sue.

The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law executive director Bob Orr says he is disappointed that the Supreme Court won't issue a full ruling on the case.

Lawmakers approved tax exemptions for Google worth about $90 million over 30 years to encourage the company to build an Internet data center in Lenoir. The data center was to create up to 210 jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Caldwell native Location: NC on Feb 4, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Of course when Google moved to Caldwell County, there was excitement of the potential jobs that would come with it, especially for so many people that were unemployed due to the furniture industry in the area being outsourced. However, it is debatable of how many locals have been hired or seen "benefits" of having Google in the area. Even when the facility was being built, Google used NO local businesses. Instead, they brought in businesses from out of state to do the work. It has been reported that most jobs at Google have gone to those already employed by Google that have just been transferred. Caldwell County is small, a place where it's easy to know a lot of people. It seems that not many people know of any locals that have been hired by Google. I'm not condoning the lawsuit, however, I can understaned the hurt and disappointment that comes with false promises and misleading information. Perhaps a different contract or ways of monitoring it could have helped.
  • by DUH-HUH on Feb 4, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Come on people, even if they are getting a $90M tax break, look at the benefits. Follow me here, if they are creating 210 jobs at we'll just say $30k per year, then in that same 30 year period that they saved $90M in taxes they put $189M back into the economy with those salaries. OOOOHHHH they are such evil people, let's sue them!!! Think about things people, right now we need all the help we can get!!!

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