2.15.2005

If you can't beat 'em, tax 'em

Montana is eyeing a special tax on retailers (Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, etc.) with $20 million-plus in annual revenues and who pay less than $22,000 to their full-time workers.

The good? The levy would be used to offset healthcare costs created by these benefit-thin megastores, an estimated $421,000/year for every Wal-Mart store.

The bad? The levy says nothing about retailers with less than $20 million in sales who also happen to pay shitty wages with no benefits.

The ugly? "If prices have to go up, so be it," said one shopper, hinting that she might keep shopping at WalMart even if it didn't have preposterously low prices on candy corn and DVD players.

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