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Tropical island or political access — which is a better buy?

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. on Monday answered the question we would all like to struggle Puerto Rico Caribbean Touri.JPGwith – what to do with a billion dollars burning a hole in your pocket.

Like you, I fantasize give this serious thought all the time.

US Election(2).JPGFor the Knoxville-based lifestyle media company the answer was simple – invest some of its profits in a lobbying government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Nothing like access to powerful politicians to protect corporate interests and shield that billion dollars from the taxman.

The company isn’t ready to say what it wants to chat with lawmakers about, but the ever-changing media biz offers plenty of big issues.

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Amazon bullies all states except one

Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. isn’t always opposed to expanding in states where it is required to collect sales taxes.

The company announced this week that it would build a new fulfillment center in Sumner, Wash. Amazon, which is based in Seattle, Wash., already collects state sales taxes on purchases made by Washington residents.

The company plans to build Tennessee fulfillment centers in Hamilton and Bradley counties, but state government has waived the rule that would have required Amazon to collect local and state sales taxes on purchases by Tennessee residents.

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