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Letter: Wal-Mart costs us

Thank you, Lynn Waldron, for your My Turn article of May 30, which presents some pertinent facts to be considered in the Wal-Mart debate. I would like to add another piece of information that more directly affects us as individuals.

According to an April 2014 report by Americans for Tax Fairness, the failure of Wal-Mart to provide a living wage and decent healthcare coverage costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. “It found that a single Wal-Mart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.”

So I would ask you all to consider this question. Do we want an employer in our community whose profit-seeking business tactics cause the taxpayers to supplement the wages of their employees?

JOANNE BERNOT

Greenfield

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