Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Utah
Subsidies received by Wal-MartThere are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 3 deals worth a total of about $13.7 million in Utah. They include the following:
Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following citiesAmerican Fork, UT : $1.2 million
Grantsville, UT : $2.5 million
Hurricane, UT : estimated $10 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 February 2006 the Salt Lake Tribune reported on an analysis it had done of data from the state's department of health concerning workers along the Wasatch Front (Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties) who were receiving health coverage for themselves or dependents through public programs such as Medicaid, SCHIP or the Primary Care Network. The newspaper said that the employer with the largest number of such workers was Wal-Mart, with 234. Source: Kirsten Stewart, "Utahns Foot Insurance Bill: Large Companies' Workers Without Health Care Turn to Medicaid," Salt Lake Tribune, February 5, 2006.
For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of UT for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#UT
Property Tax AppealsIn the course of researching our report Rolling Back Property Tax Payments