The Walmart 1 Percent in Maryland
MEMBERS OF THE WALMART 1% IN MARYLAND:
- Walmart Board of Directors member Arne Sorensonlives in Chevy Chase. Contact Arne Sorenson:
- Marriott headquarters: 10400 Fernwood Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817; (301) 380-3000
- Walmart email address: email@example.com
AFFILIATIONS OF THE WALMART 1%:
- Walmart Board of Directors member Christopher Williams is on the Professional Staff of Entreteach Worldwide: 113 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; (410) 962-1188
The Walmart 1 Percent’s Influence in Maryland Politics
The Walton family in politics
The Walmart PAC spent $98,500 on Congressional candidates from Maryland between the 1990 election cycle and 2010.
Walmart in politics
Walmart spent another $22,635 at the state-level between 2003 and 2010.
Walmart’s Impact on Maryland’s Employment Picture
Impact of Walmart stores on retail and other jobs
Based on data available through Walmart’s website, there were 16,892 Walmart associates in Maryland as of January 31, 2012.
According to a 2006 study, for every retail job created at Walmart, communities lose 1.4 retail jobs. Based on the findings of this study, we estimate that, if Walmart had no stores in Maryland, there would be an additional 6,757 retail jobs in the state.
Impact of Walmart’s China sourcing on jobs
Based on an estimate of Walmart’s share of the U.S.-China trade deficit, we can estimate that Maryland lost an estimated 3,404 jobs as a result of Walmart’s practice of sourcing heavily from China.
Walmart’s Cost to Maryland Taxpayers
Taxpayer subsidies for Walmart
Walmart is the world’s biggest company. But despite its colossal financial resources—the company brought in $444 billion in revenue last year—it’s habitually dipped into public coffers to finance its expansion into almost every corner of the United States. In the absence of centralized information or databases on economic subsidies, Good Jobs First, an economic policy and research non-profit, has done extensive research to document the subsidies Walmart has received, and has published the data on Walmart Subsidy Watch. Here’s what GJF uncovered in Maryland.
Taxpayer healthcare costs
Tens of thousands of Walmart associates and their families qualify for Medicaid and other publicly subsidized care. Indeed, according to data compiled by Good Jobs First, in 22 of 24 states which have disclosed information, Walmart has the largest number of employees or dependents on the public rolls of any employer. Maryland has not disclosed data.
More Walmart stores coming to Maryland
Here’s a list of Walmart stores planned or rumored to be opening in Maryland:
- Aspen Hill: Supercenter, Aspen Hill Rd. and Connecticut Ave.
- Baltimore: Supercenter, 25th Street Station shopping center (25th St. and Huntington Ave.)
- Denton: Supercenter, 610 Legion Rd.
- Rockville: Supercenter, Twinbrook Pkwy. and Rockville Pike
 The Effects of Wal-Mart on Local Labor Markets. December, 2006. David Neumark, Junfu Zhang, Stephen Ciccarella.
 These numbers are estimates. To arrive at these estimates, we used the report by the Economic Policy Institute that estimated U.S. jobs lost to China by state from 2001-2008. We then multiplied that number by 9.3%, which is the proportion of the overall U.S.-China trade deficit that EPI estimated to be tied to Walmart. We arrived at that number from this study.
 As measured by revenue; “Fortune Global 500 2011: The World’s Biggest Companies – Wal-Mart Stores,” http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2011/snapshots/2255.html
 “Walmart reports Q4 EPS from continuing operations of $1.51; Walmart U.S. delivers positive traffic and positive comp sales in Q4,” press release dated February 21, 2012, http://investors.walmartstores.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=112761&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1663026&highlight=
 “Shopping for Subsidies: How Wal-Mart Uses Taxpayer Money to Finance Its Never-Ending Growth,” by Philip Mattera and Anna Purinton, Good Jobs First, May 2004. http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/sites/default/files/docs/pdf/wmtstudy.pdf
 “Disclosures of Employers Whose Workers and Their Dependents are Using State Health Insurance Programs,” Good Jobs First report, version dated January 18, 2012. http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/corporate-subsidy-watch/hidden-taxpayer-costs.
 Information on planned or rumored stores collected by Making Change at Walmart.