How Big Businesses Get Big Subsidies (Episode 23)

Date: 29 Jun 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of our podcast, Building Local Power, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell interviews Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First about the tax incentive packages that governments give to big corporations, and how local governments can do economic development better.               … Read More

ILSR Joins Independent Business Groups in Pushing for Disclosure of Corporate Subsidies

Date: 4 Feb 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR joined other members of the Advocates for Independent Business coalition in submitting a joint public comment letter in support of a landmark proposal to require local and state governments, as part of their financial reporting, to annually disclose the tax breaks and incentives they have provided to corporations in the name of economic development. … Read More

Media Release: Data Show Wal-Mart Employees in Maine Rely Heavily on Public Assistance

Date: 28 Jun 2005 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

PORTLAND, ME [June 28, 2005]—Hundreds of Maine workers employed by Wal-Mart are enrolled in the state’s public assistance programs, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, according to data released by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. … Read More

New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers

Date: 13 Aug 2004 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California taxpayers are spending $86 million a year providing healthcare and other public assistance to the state’s 44,000 Wal-Mart employees, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Industrial Relations. The study, "Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs," found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.… Read More