Wal-Mart Subsidy Report for Texas

Subsidies received by Wal-Mart
There are no centralized databases of economic development subsidies, but Good Jobs First found 29 deals worth a total of about $90.8 million in Texas. They include the following:

Good Jobs First has compiled data on Wal-Mart subsidies in the following cities
Alice, TX : $2.75 million
Bastrop, TX : $125,000
Baytown (distribution center), TX : more than $1 million
Baytown (former discount store), TX : $2.66 million
Benbrook, TX : $1.5 million
Cleburne, TX : about $7 million
Dallas (Supercenter), TX : $630,000
Dallas (distribution center), TX : $1.4 million
Frisco, TX : approximately $2.5 million
Galveston, TX : $3.44 million
Garland, TX : $575,000
Harlingen, TX : $2.32 million
Longview, TX : $1.8 million
New Braunfels, TX : estimated $20 million
New Caney, TX : more than $3 million
Orange, TX : $3.21 million
Palestine, TX : $12.7 million
Pampa, TX : $1.765 million
Pearsall, TX : $1.175 million
Plainview, TX : more than $1 million
Pleasanton, TX : $1.445 million
Randall County, TX : $1.965 million
Sanger, TX : $3.8 million
Seminole, TX : $1.21 million
Temple, TX : about $3.6 million
Terrell, TX : $4.2 million
Uvalde, TX : $1.41 million
West Columbia, TX : $1.2 million
Woodway (Waco), TX : $1.42 million

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. The Center for Public Policy Priorities, a non-partisan research center based in Austin, obtained data on the 20 employers in the state with the largest number of employees whose dependents were participating in the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Employer data for Medicaid are not available.) The data for February 2005 showed Wal-Mart at the top of the list, with 2,333 employee families in CHIP, with an estimated 4,363 individual children enrolled. The full list for both March 2004 and February 2005 can be found at http://goodjobsfirst.org/pdf/texaschip.pdf Source: Data obtained by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and provided to Good Jobs First.

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

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 Texas:

Amarillo, TX : $68,093
Lindale, TX
Tyler, TX : $9,906
Tyler, TX
Tyler, TX
Arlington, TX : $159,723
Arlington, TX
Azle, TX : $34,187
Bedford, TX : $156,307
Fort Worth, TX : $202,765
Fort Worth, TX : $201,652
Fort Worth, TX : $154,455
Fort Worth, TX : $129,181
Fort Worth, TX : $104,646
Fort Worth, TX : $99,075
Fort Worth, TX : $69,537
Fort Worth, TX : $51,276
Grand Prairie, TX : $262,850
Grapevine, TX : $251,287
Hurst, TX : $120,463
Mansfield, TX : $42,268
North Richland Hills, TX : $198,527
North Richland Hills, TX : $126,978
Austin, TX : $241,717
Austin, TX : $109,640
Austin, TX : $116,628
Austin, TX : $151,950
Austin, TX : $75,543
Austin, TX
Austin, TX : $44,809
Cedar Park, TX
Georgetown, TX : $25,191
Round Rock, TX : $61,397
Round Rock, TX
Taylor, TX
Mineola, TX

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