Amazon Vote Wednesday


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina legislators are poised to re-vote on giving the sales tax exemption it sought to come to the state.

House members will take the do-over vote Wednesday afternoon. It comes three weeks after the House rejected the deal 71-47.

The deal negotiated under former Gov. Mark Sanford would give the online retailer a five-year exemption from collecting sales taxes from online shoppers in South Carolina.

In exchange, the company must create at least 1,249 full-time jobs with full health benefits and invest at least $90 million.

Amazon does not currently collect the tax from South Carolina shoppers, but putting a facility in the state would normally require the tax.

Gov. Nikki Haley and tea party activists who oppose the deal say it's not fair to existing retailers.

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