Ohio Commerce Secretary Mike McGovern is the most powerful commerce secretary in the country.
He has been a strong supporter of the Amazon tax and has been critical of states that have not moved ahead with a statewide tax, like Indiana.
But McGovern also is pushing a bill to make Ohio the first state to allow online shopping at retailers, with a $1.3 billion investment.
McGovern, who is expected to announce his plans for the Ohio state economy Tuesday, has made an issue of Amazon’s dominance of the e-commerce market.
Amazon has grown rapidly in the past decade, and McGovern has said that Amazon would likely surpass Walmart by the end of 2020.
McGovern wants to get that deal done before Amazon goes on a rampage.
But he has faced opposition from business groups and consumer groups who say it would be a major blow to Ohio’s economic future.
The Amazon tax was a big topic in Ohio during last year’s gubernatorial campaign, and some businesses, like the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, have said they would be forced to move to other states if the state were to adopt the tax.
McKenzie Dickey, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Kellogg School of Management, told Business Insider that Amazon is using its dominance in the ecommerce market to gain political advantage in Ohio.
McConnell said Amazon’s tax will be a “substantial amount of money for Ohio.”
McGovern is also pushing for the state to consider a measure that would let companies set their own online shopping prices and offer other benefits to consumers.
McDonald’s announced that it would offer free shipping for orders of $200 or more.
McMahon has said his proposal will also help the state’s tourism industry, which is already struggling.
The Ohio Chamber of Tourism says the tax would also benefit the state because it will make it easier for companies to raise money from customers and boost the state economy.
McKinney said Amazon will need a lot of political support to make it happen, and he said the bill could pass both houses of the Ohio legislature.
“I’m going to work with the governor to get the tax passed, but we will need political support,” he said.
McDowell said the company was open to a bill that included incentives to lure companies to the state.
McDonnell said Amazon is planning to announce more details about the plan in the coming days.
McDonnell said Amazon has been “extremely helpful” in negotiating the deal with the state and that he expects to be able to make a decision in the next few weeks.
McDevitt said Amazon wants to move Ohio out of the “dead end” of a state income tax, which has been in place for decades.
He said it is trying to lure more companies to Ohio.
“We want to make sure Ohio is the center of commerce and economic development,” he told Business Insiders.
Mc Devitt added that the Amazon plan is about the best way to get Ohio out in front of the competition.
“There’s not going to be another state that can take advantage of Amazon and offer the benefits that we have,” he explained.
“There’s going to have to be some other state that is willing to compete on the same level.
It’s going on Ohio.”
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