Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for New Jersey

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 3 deals worth a total of about $1.7 million in New Jersey. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Audubon, NJ : $1.2 million
Lumberton, NJ : $534,000
Millville, NJ : not available

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 August 2005 New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) issued a report that for the first time disclosed which employers had the largest number of workers or dependents participating in the state's SCHIP program, known as NJ FamilyCare. NJPP, which had to pay to get the state to reprogram the database of FamilyCare participants to retrieve the information, found there were about 50 employers that accounted for 100 or more program participants. The employer with the most was Wal-Mart, with a total of 589 adults and children. Source: Mary E. Forsberg, ATTENTION SHOPPERS: You Pay the Health Insurance Bills for Some of New Jersey's Largest Employers, New Jersey Policy Perspective, August 2005; available online at http://www.njpp.org/rpt_familycare.html

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

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 New Jersey:

Brick, NJ

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