Re "Wal-Mart isn't the devil" (Letters, Nov. 19): Wal-Mart has a high cost to taxpayers because its workers earn on average 31 percent less than workers employed in large retail.
Low wages force the need of $2.66 billion annually in food stamps and other taxpayer assistance for those woerks just to survive, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in payroll tax deductions for federal, state and local taxes.
Lack of benefits costs taxpayers more than $1 billion a year in health care costs.
This directly hurts the ability to hire and retain public service workers such as firefighters, police, maintenance workers, and teachers. Yet Wal-Mart stores increase the need for those same public services they are under funding.
-- Yoka Koch, Loomis
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