Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 3, 2012: NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, August 6, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the […]
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Press release from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development; June 29, 2012: NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, July 2, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the many […]
Press release from Tennessee House Republican Caucus; Feb. 16, 2012: Bill Will Solidify Agreement Reached Between Governor Haslam, Legislative Leaders, and Amazon Officials NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to codify the agreement reached last year between Governor Bill Haslam and officials from Amazon.com Inc., Representative Kevin Brooks (R—Cleveland) and Representative Eric Watson (R—Cleveland) pushed […]
Lawmakers spent much of last year riding a political roller coaster to define Amazon.com’s role in collecting sales taxes from online shoppers. This week they made their first move to approve a deal reached between the state and the online retail titan. Just a day before Gov. Bill Haslam toured the new Amazon warehouse in […]
News Release from Amazon.com; Dec. 22, 2011: Nashville, TN – Dec. 22, 2011 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced Amazon’s plans to open two new fulfillment centers in Tennessee, creating over 1,300 new jobs and $135 million in investment in the state. Together with existing facilities in Wilson, Hamilton and Bradley Counties, […]
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said last week that if a so-called “national solution” isn’t found for collecting sales taxes from online retailers it threatens to push Tennessee toward an income tax, which he strongly opposes. Amazon has avoided collecting sales taxes in Tennessee until a recent agreement was announced calling for collections beginning in 2014. […]
The Senate Finance Committee chairman says he hopes this will settle the matter of Amazon’s tax status and suggests that the overall online sales tax issue should go through the courts to be resolved nationally, because he believes Congress is unlikely to act to bring uniformity to the collection of state sales taxes.
Political leaders characterized a new tax deal the state has struck with Amazon as an improvement on an earlier deal rather than a reversal of position. The Bredesen administration had given Amazon a pass on collecting sales taxes. A new Haslam plan requires collection starting in 2014 and expands Amazon’s presence here.
Press release from Tennessee State Sen. Randy McNally, Oct. 7, 2011: Commends Governor Haslam and others for their work on the matter (NASHVILLE, TN), October 7, 2011 – Senate Finance Chairman Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) said today he is very pleased with the agreement announced yesterday by Governor Bill Haslam, legislative leaders and Amazon officials […]
Retailers immediately criticized a deal the state has struck with Amazon, saying the government was “meddling in the free market.” The agreement announced Thursday by Gov. Bill Haslam calls for the company to hire 3,500 full-time workers in the state, and begin charging Tennesseans sales tax in 2014.