Amazon to Hire Workers if California Drops Tax Push Inc. is offering to build at least two distribution centers and hire as many as 7,000 workers if lawmakers back away — at least temporarily — from trying to force the Internet giant to collect sales taxes on purchases made by California customers. The proposal, along with promises to invest as much as $500 million in the new facilities, was made in the form of draft legislation at a meeting between Amazon lobbyists and representatives of companies that belong to the California Retailers Assn.