Thursday, April 07, 2005

Wal-Mart Denounces Health Bill

Wal-Mart Denounces Health Bill
Retailer Says Maryland Could Lose Future Jobs

By Michael Barbaro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page E01

ROGERS, Ark., April 6 -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. yesterday said approval of a bill that would require it to boost health care spending in Maryland could endanger its plans for growth in the state, including a new distribution center that would employ as many as 1,000.

The company questioned the motivation behind the bill, which is backed by a top competitor and its labor union.

Wal-Mart "will have to rethink its future growth in a state that is willing to pass such a bad business bill," said Nate Hurst, a government relations manager for the company. "This type of legislation, where lawmakers single out one employer, does not create a favorable environment."

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Wally world is putting up a major bitch over this. This bill requires them to pay their fair share of health insurance and now, in Maryland, they will have to pay for the subsidies that their employees milk off the system. The difference of what they pay and what the law requires will raise the cost of doing business for Walmart by not allowing them to force employees into welfare programs.

Walmart says it will cost the state jobs but, jobs requiring tax-payer subsidies are hardly worthwhile.

Another surprise for you Walmart.....I have this same bill being worked over in the Colorado State Senate. We will be the next state to legislate this law.


At 4/08/2005 10:47 AM , Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

Righton...I should mention that I do research for the Colorado State Senate Democrats...selected on my academic background in biotech.

We will get this bill passed.

At 4/09/2005 8:59 AM , Blogger chrisbilal said...

Hey guys, I actually work with the group that is pushing for this. We are part of SEIU union and we are called Maryland for Healthcare and each Thursday we make phone calls, get hung up on, write newspapers like the Post and the Sun, lobby Congressman, lobby their neighborhoods and testify in front of our state congress.

If you would like more information you can either email me or contact the community coordinator Ezekiel Jackson at (443)224-0606. You know my website and my email address. Thanks for noticing us.

At 4/10/2005 3:16 PM , Blogger revolutionary_radical said...

oh, boo-hoo, Wal-Mart may have to postpone building its 5056th store because they have to start spending money on realistic benefits for their hard-working employees.

I have absolutely no pity for Wal-Mart or the Execs. Like they don't hoard enough $$ for themselves UN-American of Mr. Walton's inheritors - surely he wouldn't have approved...<:0(

good luck, PP! ;)


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