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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is even going as far as gaining support for a bill that prevents Amazon from bringing a referendum to unravel the present sales tax law  (Source: uncoverage.net)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
If state leaders can put a hold on the new law until 2014, Amazon will drop its effort to repeal it and would hire 7,000 new employees in California

Amazon has been fighting a tax-related battle for quite some time now. In the past, state's like Texas, Illinois and Colorado have pressured the online retailer to collect taxes in order to make up for state budget shortfalls, but Amazon refused and would simply pack its bags to move on to another state.

California recently joined the list of states who've pressured Amazon to collect. In fact, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill in June that would require websites that forward shoppers to Amazon to collect sales tax in California. The law, which took effect July 1 and is expected to generate $200 million in revenue, angered Amazon to the point that it asked California voters to repeal the law.

Now, Amazon has a new proposition for the state of California that was discussed in a meeting Tuesday with leaders of the California Retailers Association and those in the office state Senate Republican Bob Dutton in Sacramento: If state leaders can put a hold on the new law until 2014, Amazon will drop its effort to repeal it and would hire 7,000 new employees in California.

While the hiring spree could be an appealing option for the state, since California's unemployment rate was at 12 percent in July and is expected to remain in the double-digits through 2012, Democrats are rejecting Amazon's proposal due to budget-related woes.

Earlier this year, state leaders needed to close a $10 billion shortfall. This gap was closed in June after deep spending cuts in previous budget cycles, but Democrats are backing the new law due to the fact that it has the support of local governments, public employees and small and large businesses.

Brick-and-mortar businesses like Best Buy and Walmart have been complaining about "unfair competition" with Amazon since they have to collect taxes and Amazon doesn't. The California Retailers Association quickly rejected Amazon's proposal.

"Our people came back and said this isn't legitimate," said Bill Dombrowski, president of the California Retailers Association. "It's unacceptable."

As for local governments and public employees, their "ranks are being thinned" due to a weak local revenue and overall state.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is even going as far as gaining support for a bill that prevents Amazon from bringing a referendum to unravel the present sales tax law. Amazon spokespeople said they believe they'll have enough voter signatures by September 27 to qualify its referendum for next year's ballot.

In addition, Steinberg and other Democrats will create California jobs without the help of Amazon by proposing tax breaks for businesses, creating an economic development office and easing regulation.


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RE: Overspending
By Spuke on 9/2/2011 11:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
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It's worthy and deserved to blame the government for a lot, it's hardly accurate to act like they are the sole problem.
I can't speak for the other states but California's budget problems are public knowledge and not new. This is a problem that existed before the recession. I don't know of too my CA residents that believe all was well and good with CA's government and their budget before the start of the recession. If their spending wasn't so reckless, maybe we would be a couple hundred million in debt instead of 10 billion. If their spending wasn't so reckless, maybe we would be a bit more understanding if they tried to raise taxes or cut fireman/teachers/policemen to help fix the budget. But, nope, that is not reality in this state. They continue to create new problems like a 40 million dollar per year program where our tax money is used to fund illegal immigrant educations. I thought we were in a budget crisis? That's what our so-called leaders tell us. We need to raise your taxes to fix the budget! Liars!! We need to raise your taxes to not only keep our entitlement programs going, we need it to create new one's! LOL! A lot of people I know would prefer to stay and duke it out. I, like the other 2.2 million people, would rather leave. And I will very soon.


RE: Overspending
By YashBudini on 9/3/2011 12:02:51 AM , Rating: 2
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They continue to create new problems like a 40 million dollar per year program where our tax money is used to fund illegal immigrant educations.

Nobody is fighting this in court? Do the people who passed such a bill expect to be reelected?


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