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April 07, 2005

Maryland Passes Wal-Mart Health Bill

Under bills passed by the Maryland House and now state Senate, companies in the state with more than 10,000 employees in the state to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health benefits -- or put the money directly into the state's health program for the poor. Read this to mean Wal-Mart, since it is the only large company in the state that doesn't already provide that level of health care spending for employees.

This is a statewide variant on bills in Chicago and Montana which target Wal-Mart for its lack of health care. Maryland's bill appears moving towards passage, although its Republican governor has threatened to veto it.

Posted by Nathan at April 7, 2005 08:01 AM