Maryland legislators will vote this week on an effort to override Governor Ehrlich’s veto of a particularly obnoxious piece of legislation.
(AP) Annapolis, MD As Maryland lawmakers prepare to vote on whether Wal-Mart should be required to spend more on employee health care, both sides of the debate say small businesses support their side.
Legislative leaders here have vowed to override the governor’s veto of their bill to require that all companies with more than 10,000 employees spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health care benefits or pay more into the state Medicaid fund.
And who happens to be the only employer in Maryland with more than 10,000 employees ? Take a wild guess……
Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the only company of that size in Maryland that doesn’t spend that much. An override vote could come this week, when lawmakers return to session.
The consequences of this bill if it is passed will reach far beyond Maryland:
The Wal-Mart bill is one of the most closely watched measures before state lawmakers as they return to Annapolis this week. At least 30 other states are said to be considering similar legislation and watching to see what Maryland does.
If WalMart chooses to provide health insurance for its employees, great. If not, the government has no right to force it to do so.