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Haslam offers ray of hope on Amazon tax issue

It looks like Gov. Bill Haslam is ready to make Amazon.com start collecting Tennessee sales taxes
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According to a story in the Tennessean, The governor wants “to work out some arrangement that works for them to stay and grow in Tennessee and yet for us to collect the sales tax that we need,” Haslam said. “We would hope to do something prior to the legislature coming back” in January.”

The governor’s comments are good news for Tennessee businesses.

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Haslam whiffs on Amazon tax issue

Missed opportunities can haunt us all of our lives. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had one of those moments yesterday.Amazon+Sales+Tax.jpg

Haslam had a chance Tuesday to come out in favor of legislation that would require Amazon.com to collect state sales taxes on Tennessee purchases after it opens a pair fullfillment centers near Chattanooga.

But he whiffed.

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Free workshops on Energy Efficiency Loan Program

East Tennessee businesses having a hard time getting loans for energy efficiency projects should attend one of Pathway Lending’s free “lunch and learn” workshops on Tennessee’s new $50 million Energy Efficiency Loan Program.

A workshop is scheduled Sept. 29 in Knoxville at Buddy’s BBQ Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. On Sept. 30, Pathway Lending will be in theTri Cities area for a workshop at Pratt’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que, 1225 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, Tenn.

Low-interest loans of $20,000 to $1 million are available.

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Workers’ comp changes — what they mean

For those trying to understand pending changes in Tennessee’s workers’ compensation law, the NFIB website is worth visiting. The small business advocacy group offers a detailed explanation of what’s new in the law the legislature passed last week.

Gov. Phil Bredesen is expected to sign the bill.

Check out NFIB workers’ comp info here.

Read a related story by News Sentinel Nashville bureau chief Tom Humphrey here.

Bredesen co-chairs webcast on jobs

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen on Monday will co-chair a U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation webcast to discuss job creation and economic growth.

Bredesen will be joined by six other governors — Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota; Gov. Jack Markell, Delaware; Gov. Bill Richardson, New Mexico; Gov. Donald Carcieri, Rhode Island; Gov. Rick Perry, Texas and Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia.

The event highlights the chamber’s job creation campaign, American Free Enterprise. Dream Big.

The webcast can be accessed here.