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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Maryland, Upholds WalMart

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Maryland, Upholds WalMart

January 17, 2007

Click here for NYTimes article on today's decision by the 4th District Court of Appeals in Virginia upholding the Baltimore federal district court ruling that struck down the Maryland "Walmart Tax." The Maryland law, passed by the state legislature in January, 2006 over a gubernatorial veto, would have required all for-profit companies with more than 10K workers (only WalMart) to pay at least 8% of payroll on worker health benefits or pay the difference to the state.

Since the 4th circuit appeals court is among the most conservative in the nation, many of us had hoped Maryland would not appeal the district court ruling, fearing a bad precedent. We'll have to read and review the decision to see how much damage has been done. More to come...