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Albany County Declines Wal-Mart Donation

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2004 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/albany-county-declines-walmart-donation/

Citing Wal-Mart’s failure to provide a decent wage and health benefits for most of its employees, the Albany (New York) County Legislature voted in March to decline a $1,000 donation from the corporation.

The donation had been earmarked for the county’s low-income health care program, but many lawmakers saw it as a disingenuous attempt to appear responsive to community needs. They noted that county programs are undoubtedly covering the health care costs of many Wal-Mart employees and their families. Most Wal-Mart workers are either ineligible for the company’s health care plan or unable to afford the premiums.

“We should send that $1,000 back to Wal-Mart, back to Arkansas, and tell them to give it to their employees for health insurance,” said Legislator Gary Domalewicz. “We shouldn’t help them enhance their corporate image.”

The donation was rejected on a bipartisan 33-4 vote.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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