Amazon could bring 3,000 jobs to state and new taxes on online purchases
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced that a deal is in the works with online retailer giant Amazon to bring 3,000 full time jobs with benefits and more than $300 million in investment to Florida.
The governor had previously said no to a deal to bring Amazon to the state. He had expressed concerns that signing off on such a deal would result in tax increases for Floridians.
Scott's office said that once here Amazon would begin collecting state sales taxes from residents at the time it is required under state law.
"Amazon will continue to work with Enterprise Florida on its ongoing projects which will include a return on any taxpayer investment," said Gov. Scott.
Currently, Floridians are supposed to pay taxes for online purchases, but there's no way to enforce the law.
The announcement from Gov. Rick Scott's office, which was short on details, indicated that economic incentives will be a factor in any final location decisions.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a source with knowledge of the negotiations said the company plans to build two one-million square-foot "fulfillment centers" somewhere along the Interstate 4 corridor.
"We thank Governor Scott for his commitment to creating jobs in Florida," said Paul Misener, Amazon vice president of global public policy. "We propose to create more than 3,000 new jobs and over $300 million in investment in Florida, while we work toward enactment of the federal Marketplace Fairness Act, which will protect states' rights to make their own revenue policy choices."
Once a deal is finalized, Amazon could be operating in the state sometime within the next two to three years, according to the governor.