The cost of doing business with Walmart, $2,888,100,000 to taxpayers. In May 2013 the Huffington Post put out an article that spoke of the cost to taxpayers at one Walmart Super Center in Wisconsin. According to the article this one location cost the taxpayers $900,000 in Medicaid and Food Stamps and other government aid programs. The information was from a study by Congressional Democrats. How do we get to nearly $3 billion?
Wikipedia.org> As of March 2012 there were 3209 Walmart Super Centers in the United States. Now the simple math problem: 900,000 x 3209= 2,888,100,000
Now shove a $ sign in front of this number it takes on some significant meaning. We often here how our government cannot continue to go on its current path of spending. So how is it that the continued funding of Walmart employees and families can be allowed? Not that Congressional Republicans desire to fund these programs as we have seen recent reductions to food stamps take place. The answer could be found in the discussion of raising the federal minimum wage, but would it be enough? President Obama prefers raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Republicans do not support any increase.
So if you are a shopper at Walmart and believe you are saving money. You may be at the point of sale but in the end it is coming out of your pocket via your tax bill.