SC Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report
South Carolina state senators spoke out at the Statehouse Monday on why they believe it is important that the Amazon deal be approved through the Senate as soon as possible. The deal, which was approved last week by the House of Representatives, would give Amazon five years of tax breaks if, in return, they hire more than 1,200 employees.
Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) spoke at the press conference.
I am here today with this group. We’re here to announce our support for bringing the Amazon distribution center, and its more than 1,200 good paying jobs and an estimated more than $60 million in economic impact per year, to South Carolina.
Sheheen says senators need to schedule a vote this week, if possible, because having Amazon in South Carolina would be a big step toward improving the unemployment rate.
The senators also collectively stated that it is important for South Carolinians to have the option of a good job with benefits, which they say Amazon would bring with it.
Sen. Joel Lourie (R-Richland) gave his opinion on what it means to have Amazon come to South Carolina.
When we have an opportunity like Amazon to put 1,500 or 2,000 people to work within 12 to 15 months at high-paying jobs, jobs that will provide health insurance…it’s a no brainer. I would also say it’s a slam dunk!
Some senators oppose the deal because they say it gives Amazon an unfair advantage.
The Senate will have to finish its current budget debate before it can take up the Amazon deal. Midlands legislators hope the budget will be wrapped up Tuesday.