Gov. Haslam wants voluntary Amazon tax collections

photo Leacroft Green places a package to the correct shipping area at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Goodyear, Ariz.

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday he favors his approach of getting Amazon to collect state sales taxes voluntarily at some point instead of seeing state lawmakers try to force the Internet retailing giant to do so.

"I certainly wouldn't like to see us do that given the commitments we've made to Amazon in the past," Haslam said in his fullest comments on discussions his administration is having with the company. "I mean, I wouldn't like to see just us do something that they didn't agree with."

Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osaka did not respond to an email request for comment about the ongoing negotiations.

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