Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Washington
Subsidies received by Wal-MartThere are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 1 deal worth about $1 million in Washington:
Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following citiesGrandview, WA : $1 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 December 2006 the Tacoma News Tribune reported that updated numbers from the state Health Care Authority showed that Wal-Mart accounted for the largest number of workers receiving benefits from the state's Medicaid and Basic Health plans. The number for Wal-Mart was 3,194--far ahead of number two McDonald's with 1,932. Source: Sean Cockerham, "A Ranking Wal-Mart Could Live Without," Tacoma News Tribune, December 1, 2006.
For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of WA for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#WA
Property Tax AppealsIn the course of researching our report Rolling Back Property Tax Payments