Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for South Carolina

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 3 deals worth a total of about $38.5 million in South Carolina. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Laurens, SC : $250,000
North Charleston, SC : up to $10 million
Pageland, SC : $28.2 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. South Carolina 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 SC for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#SC

Property Tax Appeals
In the course of researching our report Rolling Back Property Tax Payments , Good Jobs First learned of property tax assessment appeals at the following Wal-Mart locations in South Carolina:

Hilton Head Island, SC : $37,605
Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC : $6,272
Columbia, SC

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