Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Alabama

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 10 deals worth a total of about $49.8 million in Alabama. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Birmingham (Crestwood Blvd), AL : $11 million
Birmingham (Parkway E), AL : $10 million
Birmingham (Trussville), AL : $3 million
Brundidge, AL : $5 million
Cullman, AL : more than $12 million
Gardendale, AL : $4 million
Leeds, AL : more than $500,000
Mobile, AL : $992,000
Opelika, AL : $2.2 million
Pell City, AL : $1.1 million

Hidden taxpayer costs
Many Wal-Mart workers are ineligible for health coverage from their employer or choose not to purchase what is available, because it is too expensive or too limited in scope. These workers often turn to taxpayer-funded health programs such as Medicaid. In 2005 the Montgomery Advertiser published an article citing data from the Alabama Medicaid Agency showing that Wal-Mart topped the list of companies with the most employees with children on Medicaid. The retailer accounted for some 3,864 enrollees who were costing the state between $5.8 million and $8.2 million a year. Source: John Davis and Jannell McGrew, "Health Plans Not Family Friendly," Montgomery Advertiser, February 22, 2005. See also: Sean Reilly, "Medicaid Providing Health Care for Kids of Working Families," Mobile Register, April 17, 2005.

For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of AL for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#AL

Property Tax Appeals

Opelika, AL : $480,000
Mobile, AL
Semmes, AL
Montgomery, AL

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