Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) have introduced a Senate bill that would tax companies like Amazon and Walmart for the cost of employees’ food stamps and other public assistance. The Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act (abbreviated “Stop BEZOS”) would institute a 100 percent tax on government benefits that are granted to workers at large companies.
The bill’s text characterizes this as a “corporate welfare tax,” and it would apply to corporations with 500 or more employees. If workers are receiving government aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), national school lunch and breakfast programs, Section 8 housing subsidies, or Medicaid, employers will…
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