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Amazon Ups Ohio Jobs To 1,000; Begins Collecting Sales Taxes

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Amazon's Vice President for Global Public Policy, Tim Misener and Governor John Kasich

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

 The deal between Ohio's job-creation entity, JobsOhio, and 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 for Global Public Policy Paul Misener said Amazon.com will voluntarily begin collecting Ohio sales taxes Monday as part of the deal. He estimated the tax would generate between $150 million and $300 million annually.

Republican Gov. John Kasich  called the announcement "an intellectual victory" for the state and its high-tech sector. Sen. Sherrod Brown said ZIP code and intermodal changes in the region helped foster the expansion.