Archive for the 'State' Category

WHO IS BOB WITECK…?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

While the furor and threatened boycotts regarding Walmart’s very public stand against anti-gay legislation in Arkansas—and generally in other states—aren’t going away anytime soon, we are beginning to learn more about what lead to the important decision, like what did a many by the name of Bob Witeck have to do with Doug McMillon’s decision? […]

IN EXCESS OF $3.6 MILLION…

Friday, February 6th, 2015

That would be: how much does Walmart think operating pharmacies in North Dakota is worth? Alex. That represents a tiny fraction of operating expenses for the Bentonvile Behemoth–the company spend nearly a half-billion dollars lobbying to get the Walton family exempt from estate taxes–of course, but what I find surprising is that the expenditure was […]

WALMART FLUBS CALIFORNIA ELECTION LAWS…?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Politically, California defies stereotypes and rules. The state’s citizens are perhaps the most activist in the nation and regularly make end runs around the legislature with ballot initiatives. There are still rules however and Walmart may have run afoul of one. From News Blaze: Tuolumne County residents have filed a formal complaint with the California […]

Walmart is for the environment…

Monday, August 30th, 2010

…except when it hinders their ability to pave California into a bigger parking lot than it already is. The hypocrisy is staggering, and shame on every environmentalist out there who continues to suffer from Walmart Compartmentalization Syndrome.

YET ANOTHER REASON TO LIKE WISCONSIN…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In addition to Michael Feldman, The Stone Toad and beer, I have another reason to like the people of Wisconsin: a 70-year-old law — supported for years by Democrats and Republican legislatures — that sets a minimum mark-up on retail sales. From our friend The Las Vegas Badger: Wal-Mart has been advertising their roll back […]

JUST HOW MUCH HAS WALMART PAID OUT…?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Not a week goes by that I don’t read about Walmart settling some lawsuit or another for millions of dollars. Add the settlements to what it costs the company to maintain its crack legal team (which seems to lose a lot) and I’m beginning to wonder. Just how much has Walmart paid out in the […]

JONATHAN: WHAT’S UP WITH YOUR STATE…?

Friday, January 1st, 2010

It takes a particularly Scrooge/Potter kind of heart to legislate a minimum-wage decrease in times of financial troubles. I’d really like to know who sponsored the amendment and who cast their votes in favor of the clause in Colorado’s minimum wage law. To be fair, Colorado is not the only state with such a clause, […]

A LOUSY $62.93 EACH…?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

After years and years of waiting, 290,171 past and present Walmart employees may get a whopping $62.93 for working through their bathroom and meal breaks without pay. Whoop-da-feckin’-doo. Where is the justice in this? From The Indianapolis Star: Nearly 300,000 Wal-Mart Stores workers in Indiana and their attorneys could receive up to $28 million under […]

MORE ON HOW TAX INCENTIVES GO WRONG…

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Tax incentives are back in the news, this time in Oregon where Walmart has managed to buy a multi-million dollar tax break because its accountants are smarter than the politicians in Oregon. Once again, Al Norman has jumped in. [T]his Oregon energy tax break involving Wal-Mart has left city and state officials looking foolish. According […]

75,000 FILE IN ANOTHER WAL-MART LAWSUIT…

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

The just keep coming and coming. At some point Wal-Mart’s employees are going to grab pitchforks, torches and converge on Bentonville. The wheels of justice do turn slowly, but eight years before getting to trial would be frustrating. From the Seattle Post Intelligencer: Letters were set be mailed Friday telling 75,000 current or former Wal-Mart […]

TOO MANY LAW SUITS TO COVER…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

We try, we really do, to catch all of the Wal-Mart news we can find, but occasionally something slips through the net. In writing a story this morning about toys in China, I read this aside at the bottom of the piece from Reuters. Last week, Wal-Mart was one of 20 companies sued by the […]

NORTH CAROLINA TAX PAPERS NOT SEALED…

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Wal-Mart, which can’t figure out how to obtain product to sell at no cost, has turned to other avenues to reduce its costs of doing business and further increase its profits. The most recent tactic has involved creative accounting to avoid paying its taxes. From CNNMoney: A judge rejected Wal-Mart’s motion to block the public […]

A PLUS IN THE WIN COLUMN FOR CONSUMERS…

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

There is nothing Wal-Mart hates more than people shinning bright lights into its dark corners, specially when the light is being flashed about by the Tax Man. That’s why it sought to have court records concerning its tax battle in North Carolina sealed. The state told the carpet-bagging company that it doesn’t do business that […]

TAKING A PAGE FROM THE VP’S PLAY BOOK…

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

A developer in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, thinks that just because 90 percent of his money comes from the government and that’s he’s meeting in a public building doesn’t mean that he has any obligation to hold open meetings. The state’s Assistant Attorney General strongly disagrees. From The Capital Times: In a case involving the Beaver […]

SLAPPED FOR THUMB PAPER ON THE SCALE…

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Back in the day when you’d go to an actual butcher who would cut up an actual piece of meat from an actual freezer and weigh it on an actual scale for the customer, crooked butchers would add an ounce or two by pressing down on the scale with their thumb. Wal-Mart, always looking for […]