Wal-Mart fights disclosure of how much it's costing Minnesota taxpayers

Retail giant doesn't want more California-style PR disasters

According to Chris Serres in today's Strib, Wal-Mart is applying serious lobbying pressure to keep the state of Minnesota from compiling and publishing a list of the companies whose employees use the most state aid to make up shortfalls in income and health care coverage. That story is here, and a key piece of the backstory--a California study that concluded Wal-Mart's miserly pay and benefits were costing the state's taxpayers $86 million a year--is here.

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