Walmart’s Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $1 Million…Per Supercenter

Thanks to Walmart’s low wages and benefits, just one Walmart store costs taxpayers an estimated $1 million in public assistance usage by employees, according to a new report from the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The average Walmart associate makes $8.81 an hour, meaning even associates working Walmart’s definition of full-time hours would only make about $15,500, leaving many to rely on public assistance to make ends meet and provide for their families. Add to that Walmart’s unpredictable scheduling, associates’ reported difficulty getting full-time hours, and the fact that the company dropped health insurance for part-time employees last year, and it makes sense that the state of Wisconsin picked up an estimated tab of $5,815 per Walmart supercenter employee according to the report.

A major threat cited by American businesses is the lack of consumer demand. Inversely, the report explains, “Workers with more money in their pockets also need less public assistance.  In this way, increased wages in the retail sector can lead to a virtuous cycle that promotes economic growth while reducing the deficit through a larger tax base and less need for public assistance.”

As Walmart associates continue on their Ride for Respect to the company’s headquarters in Arkansas before the annual meeting, this report shows that Walmart has plenty of room for improvement, and changes at the company would benefit workers, taxpayers, and the American economy.

9 Comments

  1. floridanativee
    May 31, 2013

    This is one reason this union came out against ObamaCare after having spent so much money trying to get it passed. The 30 hour rule will put millions onto a part time basis. These figures don’t take into account that many of these workers are changing from an unemployed status to an employed status. That has to be figured into the equation which changes everything.

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    • MEProudLIBERAL
      June 2, 2013

      Unions raise the standard of living for everyone but are bad for us? That make sense where, your insane asylum?

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      • floridanativee
        June 2, 2013

        Unions are only 6% of workers and not a factor in much except running some of the few companies left out of business and costing jobs. So what do you think of your favorite grocery union coming out against ObamaCare for exactly the reason I have been talking about.

      • MEProudLIBERAL
        June 3, 2013

        It’s all part of the Republican war on the middle class.

      • floridanativee
        June 3, 2013

        So what do you think of your favorite grocery union coming out against ObamaCare for exactly the reason I have been talking about.

  2. MEProudLIBERAL
    June 2, 2013

    More wealth has left the country through Walmart than through any other company in the US. The 47%’rs take their entitlements and spend it there, then Walmart scalps a few pennies and sends the rest overseas.

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  3. Tom P Noonan
    June 2, 2013

    Union yes for all Walmart and Sam’s Club Workers by make Walmart and Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage with Affordable Health Care right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and Sam Wholesale Club.

    Thank You Very Much
    From Tom P Noonan

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  4. Tom P Noonan
    June 2, 2013

    let get
    Walmart change into United Food And Commercial Workers Unionize Walmart
    Store for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and
    for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department
    Workers and for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart change into Teamster Unionize Walmart Store for all
    Walmart and Sam’s Club Truck Driver Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift
    Driver@Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for
    all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutter@Meat Wrapper
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Deli
    Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all
    Walmart Customer Services Desk Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk
    Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Cart Attendance Workers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and
    for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart Change into Communication Workers of America Workers Unionize
    Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’ Electronics Workers, let get Walmart
    change into United Auto Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart
    Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery Installment
    Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart
    Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Health Care
    Right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and
    without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club

    Think You Very Much

    From Tom P Noonan

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  5. Hobama
    June 7, 2013

    Unions are evil and r destroying this country

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