Corporate Welfare

TitleCorporate Welfare
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSkipper, RB, Connolly, P, Althaus, RA, Malm, H
Date Published01/2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractMany U.S. workers earn so little that, to provide for their basic needs, their families are forced to rely on government programs. Food stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, school meals, low-income housing assistance, child care assistance, assistance for home energy bills, and earned income tax credit are just a few of the approximately 80 government assistance programs that help millions of low-income families and individuals. An analysis of the recipients of government assistance programs, conducted by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, revealed that 52% of the recipients of these programs are members of working families. The annual cost to US taxpayers to support public assistance for working families is nearly $153 billion. Critics argue that taxpayers are effectively subsidizing highly profitable businesses such as McDonald’s and Walmart, whose workers receive such low wages that they qualify for low-income government assistance.
NotesCase from the 2016 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship.