Wal-Mart should to three things because of this bill:
The Maryland Senate today bucked the will of the state's Republican governor and the nation's largest retailer, voting to require Wal-Mart effectively to spend more on employee health care.
In a vote that was closely watched nationally, the Democratic-led chamber overrode Gov. Robert L. Erhlich Jr.'s veto by 30-17...
The Democrat-led House was expected to follow suit tonight, handing Ehrlich Jr. a defeat early in the legislative session on a bill he argues is an unwarranted government intrusion into business.
The bill would require private companies with more than 10,000 employees in Maryland to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state's insurance program for the poor. Wal-Mart is the only known employer that does not meet that spending requirement.
- Fire all of its greeters. This is an essentially useless position that does nothing but provide jobs to people that would otherwise be unemployed. Let the all-knowing state take care of them.
- Cut wages. The workers who are left will be now paid more money indirectly. Cut their wages in proportion to any gained benefits.
- Raise prices. The poorer residents of Maryland who shop at Wal-Mart can start paying for their peers' health care.
The Maryland bill is a legislative mugging masquerading as an act of benevolent social engineering.Now is anyone out there watching the Target lobbyists?
Update, Jan. 14th: New details on Wal-Mart's potential legal and business responses.
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