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Salt Lake Tribute (Opinion): Building strong communities could be a team sport

Date: 13 Sep 2022 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Excerpt from the editorial by Matt Witt, originally published at Salt Lake Tribune on September 13, 2022

…When Walmart opened a store in our little town of Talent, Oregon, in 1988, it promised new and needed jobs. But some residents were concerned that local stores would close and wages for the new jobs would be low. Even today, Walmart’s minimum wage, including an increase announced last September, is only $12 per hour.

A congressional report based on data from the month before the COVID pandemic started found that Walmart’s pay and benefits were so low that it was the top employer of food stamp and Medicaid recipients in about half the states studied…

In 2019, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a study showing that Walmart’s supercenters reduce farmers’ share of income from food sales and drive down wages for people who harvest and process food

So, what can be done about the fact that communities, families, and farmers create so much wealth for billionaires that they’re able to spend billions on sports franchises?

Read the full article here.


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