Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Louisiana

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 20 deals worth a total of about $96.5 million in Louisiana. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Abbeville, LA : $1.665 million
Alexandria, LA : $2.5 million
Bossier City, LA : $1.7 million
Crowley, LA : $1.815 million
East Baton Rouge, LA : $1.385 million
Hammond, LA : $1.365 million
Leesville, LA : $2.53 million
Marksville (Bunkie), LA : $1.7 million
Monroe (Supercenter), LA : $840,000
Monroe (former discount store), LA : $3.09 million
Natchitoches, LA : $1.5 million
New Orleans, LA : estimated $7 million
Opelousas, LA : $33 million
Port Allen, LA : $1 million
Robert, LA : more than $21 million
Ruston, LA : more than $947,000
Shreveport, LA : $6.3 million
St. Martinville, LA : $3.725 million
Sulphur, LA : $1.8 million
Vidalia, LA : Up to $1.65 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. Louisiana is among those states that have not disclosed data on the employers with the most workers or their dependents enrolled in such programs.

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

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 Louisiana:

Lake Charles, LA : $23,847

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