More Lies from 328K:
"Go home early for any reason? You're fired.
Need to go to the bathroom at the wrong time? You're fired.
Called in sick today? You're fired.
Fell behind production schedule? You're fired.
Tell anybody about this contract that I'm complaining about to you right now? You're fired.
Returned from war and are now unemployed? No unemployed people will be hired at Amazon."
All of these claims are absolutely false. Not sure where you get your info, 328K but you are misled and are misleading fellow veterans like onetinsoldier. Amazon has hired over 1500 people for the Hamilton County warehouse alone, many of them veterans, unemployed or both.
Did anyone else notice this in the article: "State Attorney General Bob Cooper issued the opinion today as Amazon nears completion of two giant warehouses in Hamilton and Bradley counties. In the opinion, Cooper said current law requires retailers with a distributing house or a warehouse to collect sales taxes. But Cooper qualified that substantially, saying that if the facility is owned by a retailer’s subsidiary, “nexus” or physical presence “is established only if the subsidiary’s in-state activities are significantly associated with the retailer’s ability to establish and maintain a market in Tennessee for its sales.”"
As Amazon claims that these warehouses are part of a subsidiary of Amazon and their presence and activities in TN provide no significant ability to "establish or maintain a market in TN for its sales" - then nexus is not established and Amazon is not required to collect sales tax.
And 328K, it is not Amazon that is avoiding/evading taxes, it is the customer who is still required to pay the tax, even if the retailer doesn't collect it for them.
328K - Where is the evidence to substantiate your claims? I have seen no evidence that Amazon has a policy against hiring veterans. In fact, I know many veterans who are employed by Amazon. As was already mentioned, the employment page of their website has an entire section devoted to hiring veterans.
Federal Minimum Wage Rate is $7.25/hour. According to the article, most of the new employees will start at over $10/hr and will be eligible for performance bonuses and restriced stock grants. It's not a 6 figure salary, but it's not squat either. And if benefits are included, as they usually are with large corporations, this sounds even better.
For some reason, people think that building a warehouse in an area is going to somehow increase Amazon customers in that state. There may be a few, but not enough to significantly increase business with individuals in Tennessee (who should be submitting use tax anyways on their own - but don't usually do so.) However, 1500 new employees that live here will increase the sales tax revenues to the state as they shop at local grocery stores, shopping malls, and even...Wal-Mart.
Under the current arrangement, whether or not Amazon comes to Tennessee, the company is not collecting sales tax from TN residents. If the state goes back on the deal, Amazon will not bring its 1500 fulltime and many more seasonal jobs and will still not collect sales tax. 1500+ jobs means that many more people earning wages and spending them within the state (and paying sales tax). The presence of Amazon in the state will not significantly increase the number of TN Amazon customers, so local businesses will not lose any more business than they already do (because they are unable to compete with a very effective business model - don't delude yourself into thinking that the only way Amazon beats local businesses is due to the sales tax advantage - even with sales tax Amazon has better prices). Seems like a no-brainer, unless there is no one in Tennessee that is out of work.
The CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, has been quoted today as follows: "Our point-of-view on this is that we should simplify the sales tax system, and we’ve been insisting on this for 10 years. We support the streamlined sales tax initiative, and 22 states have signed on. The right way to fix this is with federal legislation. Sales tax is very complicated. We’re no different from big chains of retailers. They don’t collect sales tax in states where they don’t have nexus either. So everyone is following the same rules." -ConsumerReports.org
Maybe TN should welcome Amazon with open arms and then get on board with the federal legislation. Then they get the jobs and the sales tax as well.
Could the state lose Amazon if the deal is broken? Just take a look at South Carolina and you will find your answer. Does WalMart really care about local small businesses? They have been effectively putting them out of business for over 20 years.