Senate speaker questions Amazon deal

photo Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey speaks to reporters in his office in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

NASHVILLE-Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday he will meet with the state's former jobs chief in an effort to learn what deals former Gov. Phil Bredesen's administration struck when recruiting Amazon and Electrolux to Tennessee.

"This whole Amazon tax issue, that they're not paying sales tax, I just don't think that's something that should ever have been agreed to - apparently it's agreed to," Ramsey, R-Blountville, told reporters.

"I think those types of programs in the future are going to be looked at very closely before we do it again," he said.

Ramsey, however, repeated earlier statements he has made that "we'll honor it."

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