New Book Exposes Extent of Big Box Store Subsidies

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and best-selling author David Cay Johnston talks recently on NPR's Fresh Air about government subsidies for big box stores.

Johnston's recently released book, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill), delves deeply into the extent to which big box corporations and their super-rich owners regularly receive enormous government subsidies. His book and NPR radio interview include the story of a small Pennsylvania town of 4,100 that gave $36 million in subsidies to a 250,000 square-foot Cabela's outdoor store.

Thanks to Evan Lowenstein

Full Story: David Cay Johnston on Fresh Air with Terri Gross



This isn't the only kind of subsidy either

I read a while back that Wal*Mart has a high percentage of workers on public assistance. If this is still the case, it would seem that taxpayers are subsidizing at least one big box store in the form of paying its workers.

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