Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Georgia

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 8 deals worth a total of about $19.5 million in Georgia. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Americus, GA : $1.9 million
Carrollton, GA : about $500,000
Douglas, GA : more than $10 million
Fitzgerald, GA : $1.52 million
LaGrange, GA : more than $1 million
Monroe, GA : $1.2 million
Statesboro, GA : about $2 million
Walton, GA : $1.365 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. In February 2004, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the contents of an internal memo (http://goodjobsfirst.org/pdf/peachcarememo.pdf) prepared by the Department of Community Health in 2002 that contained a list of the employers whose workers had the most dependents enrolled in the state's PeachCare for Kids health insurance program for low-income working families. At the top of the list was Wal-Mart, whose employees in Georgia had 10,261 children in PeachCare. Source: Andy Miller, "Wal-Mart Stands Out on Rolls of PeachCare," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 27, 2004, p.1B.

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

Property Tax Appeals

Carrollton, GA : $106,000
Woodstock, GA
Fayetteville, GA : $6,000
Roswell, GA
Duluth, GA : $42,825
Hartwell, GA
Albany, GA : $32,436
Valdosta, GA

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