Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Kentucky
Subsidies received by Wal-MartThere are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 2 deals worth a total of about $28.3 million in Kentucky. They include the following:
Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following citiesHopkinsville, KY : more than $15 million
London, KY : estimated $13.25 million
Hidden taxpayer costsMany 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. Kentucky is among those states that have not disclosed data on the employers with the most workers or their dependents enrolled in such programs.
For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of KY for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#KY
Property Tax AppealsIn the course of researching our report Rolling Back Property Tax Payments