Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today he’d like to have an agreement with Amazon over sales tax collections by the time the Legislature meets in January.
“We’d love to be able to have something wrapped by the time the Legislature comes back so we’d have something to present to them, but I can’t give that as a hard timeline because I don’t know that we’re there,” he said in Chattanooga.
Speaking after a meeting with business and government leaders, Haslam said officials are having “productive conversations” with Amazon over the issue.
But, he bristled at the idea that Tennessee isn’t living up to an agreement made with Amazon by Haslam’s predecessor, former Gov. Phil Bredesen.
“We are keeping our word,” Haslam said. He said people in other states who may be saying Tennessee officials aren’t following through on the original deal are “dead wrong.”
Haslam is in the city to keynote the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.
For full story, see Thursday’s Times Free Press.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...