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Google’s North Carolina Tax Breaks May Spark Lawsuit

The cynic in me can’t help but focus on the awesome publicity that Bob Orr is going to get by leading a group that plans to sue over the tax breaks, given to Google, as an incentive for building a data center in Lenoir, NC.

Orr, who is running for governor and plans to resign from the institute this month, said the suit will challenge the constitutionality of the exemption. He said the measure is illegal because it gave special treatment to one company, “which would seem to run counter to the fact that there be uniformity in the tax law.” The suit could be filed by month’s end, he said. Officials with the state Department of Commerce and attorney general’s office declined to comment.

Who cares what merit the case has, any lawsuit that even mentions Google, will get you a lot of attention when you’re running for Governor.

  • Lisa

    I wouldn’t be cynical about it. The google lawsuit speaks to Judge Orr’s intentions — the google lawsuit will not make him popular by any means, but he’s willing to challenge the public in the fight for justice. Also, he’s resigned his post at organization that is suing Google – so most likely, he won’t get any of the publicity.