Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Wisconsin

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 5 deals worth a total of about $21.8 million in Wisconsin. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Baraboo, WI : $2.2 million
Beaver Dam, WI : about $7.7 million
Menomonie, WI : $750,000
Milwaukee, WI : $4.5 million
Tomah, WI : about $6.6 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. According to a table <http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/badgercare/pdfs/employers0307.pdf> posted in June 2007 by the state Department of Health and Family Services, Wal-Mart was the employer with the largest number of workers (897) participating in BadgerCare, the state's health insurance program for low-income working families. In addition, 776 dependents of those workers were in the program. In total, the Wal-Mart workers and their dependents were costing the state about $3.7 million a year. See also: Stacy Forster, "Who Has Staff Using Health Care Safety Net?" Milwuakee Journal Sentinel, June 21, 2007; http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=623312

For an estimate of how much Wal-Mart is costing the state of WI for taxpayer-funded healthcare, see http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/healthcrisis/map.html#WI

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 Wisconsin:

Menomonie, WI
Tomah, WI : $948,786

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