Gov. Nikki Haley said her decision not to support a tax incentive for Amazon.com’s proposed 1,200-job facility in Lexington County is not affecting other businesses’ decision to locate in South Carolina.
"All of the calls I’m having no one is talking about Amazon," Haley said after this morning’s Budget and Control Board meeting. "I know that’s the conversation in South Carolina. That’s not the conversation around the world.
"We are adding companies by the day."
Two companies, San Francisco-based Bloom Energy and Chicago-based Altgen, recently eliminated Lexington County as a potential expansion site after the legislative debate over exempting Amazon from collecting sales tax began. Haley did not believe those decisions were because of the Amazon debate.
"I have talked to both those companies and I have not heard that," Haley said. Haley said companies are more interested in the state fighting union "bullying" and remaining a right-to-work state.