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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 7, 2013

New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chains-walmart-foods-free-ride-taxpayers-expense-responsible-small-businesses/

State data reveal that Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and others offer such low pay and benefits that many of their employees rely on public assistance, at a cost of billions of dollars a year. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2006

South Carolina Governor Fights Big-Box Subsidy for Cabela’s

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/south-carolina-governor-fights-bigbox-subsidy-cabelas/

Gov. Mark Sanford is pulling out all the stops in his bid to block a multi-million dollar subsidy for the huge outdoor retail chain Cabela’s. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2005

Arizona Lawmakers Pledge to Ban Big-Box Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/arizona-lawmakers-pledge-ban-bigbox-subsidies/

“The practice of competing to see who will kick-back the most taxpayer money to certain mega-businesses has gotten obscene,” declared Arizona State Representative Rick Murphy, one of several lawmakers pushing for a ban on retail subsidies. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2005

Media Release: Data Show Wal-Mart Employees in Maine Rely Heavily on Public Assistance

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PORTLAND, ME [June 28, 2005]—Hundreds of Maine workers employed by Wal-Mart are enrolled in the state’s public assistance programs, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, according to data released by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 5 Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2004

New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-study-finds-walmarts-miserly-wages-cost-taxpayers/

California taxpayers are spending $86 million a year providing healthcare and other public assistance to the state’s 44,000 Wal-Mart employees, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Industrial Relations. The study, "Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs," found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by. Continue reading