Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Nebraska
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 $17.5 million in Nebraska. They include the following:
Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following citiesLincoln, NE : $2.29 million
North Platte, NE : more than $15.2 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. In October 2005 the Nebraska Health and Human Services System reported that an estimated 9,369 workers and an unknown number of their dependents were receiving benefits through the state's Medicaid program. Leading the list was Wal-Mart with 654 workers. Source: Paul Hammel, "Thousands with Jobs are on Medicaid Rolls," Omaha World-Herald, October 19, 2005.
For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of NE for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#NE
Property Tax AppealsIn the course of researching our report Rolling Back Property Tax Payments