I am glad to see that the truth is still being spoken about the Amazon project. Good Work!!: Former Gov. Phil Bredesen forged a deal saying the Internet retailer would not have to collect the taxes if it built the centers in Southeast Tennessee.
"The state has to keep the deals it's made," McCormick said. "Maybe we have to make better ones in the future, but we need to keep the deals we've made. We don't need to get the reputation of changing deals after we've signed off on them."
I own 2 fuel efficient vehicles, as reaction to the upward trend of gas prices. The problem comes that no matter how efficient they are, a decent-size tank still takes around $40 to fill it, every 10-14 days because of traffic and need to run the AC. I bike and group my errands but prices where they are still feel like sticker-shock. Higher prices to goad others to buy efficient vehicles does not take into account that with many other costs, many people just get by with $3.50 gas. I think this proposal is unsound. The cash for clunkers idea on the other hand was very wise, just poorly administered at times. More of this kind of intervention is needed.
Mr. Charles Sargent, since you have heard from many in our state, I want you to hear one more. The goal here should be securing the disposable income of the employees of these two centers. Secure the economic infusion on the consumer side, not the investor side. If this issue is pursued next year as you vow to do, TN will lose both sources of revenue. Sales tax revenue goes to state use, but consumer revenue goes to diverse business where they spend. Surely you see this is a greater prize to pursue? I pray you see logic.
I think that this issue contention is moot. Previous articles in the paper have clearly shown the Superior Court's decision that these distribution centers do not constitute retail. This meant to the justices that sales tax does not apply and therefore the agreement with Amazon is valid and justified. It has been said that the agreement was done "behind closed doors" and w/o public comment. This is often how businesses are courted. These centers represent warehouses, not stores. I pay tax like everyone else when I buy from Amazon. There is no reason to institute tax on the mechanism of getting the product to buyers. This issue should not even be on the table--those who support the 30-second ad are courting not 'tax fairness' but the same result as our neighbor state got. They brought up the tax issue, Amazon left. This would be folly to not learn from the clear lesson learned by that state.