Good news/bad news: Amazon ups Ohio jobs to 1,000 and also begins collecting sales taxes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  —Amazon has announced a Midwest expansion in Ohio that will include 1,000 well-paying jobs over several years.

Ohio’s deal with the retailing giant was announced Friday. It adds a third data computing center in the Columbus suburb of New Albany to previously announced centers in Dublin and Hilliard.

Vice President Paul Misener (MEYEZ-nuhr) says Amazon.com will begin collecting Ohio sales taxes from online customers Monday as part of the deal.

Officials couldn’t immediately estimate potential sales-tax receipts for Ohio from the change. Misener said if online purchases were subject to similar rules in all 50 states, which would require a federal law change, Ohio’s share of sales-tax collections on all online purchases would be between $150 million and $300 million.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) calls the announcement “an intellectual triumph” for Ohio.

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