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  •  Port of Tacoma? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Port of Tacoma creates a lot of jobs by sending Walmart's containers to points east.

    I thought that foreign trade was supposed to create poverty?

    And then there's the stores in Blaine that sell things to Canadians trying to dodge the VAT.

    •  Port of Tacoma (6+ / 0-)

      Wal-mart may be a component of their traffic, whatever moral quandries that may present there is no denying their economic impact:

      The Port of Tacoma is considered an "economic engine" for the region. A study released in July 2005 highlighted the Port's economic impact at both the local and state level:
      More than 43,000 jobs in Pierce County are related to the Port of Tacoma's activities.
      More than 113,000 jobs in Washington State are related to the Port's activities.
      Port-related jobs generate $637 million in annual wages in Pierce County.
      Port activities generate more than $90 million annually in state and local taxes in Washington state.

      Washington State is the most trade-dependent state in the nation -- one out of three jobs are related to international trade.

    •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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      it hasn't helped the low wage earners who used to work in manufacturing but now work at Walmart, or the other retail workers who have seen their own earnings reduced as a result of Walmart's market domination.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:24:07 AM PDT

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      •  Good point, but (2+ / 0-)
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        greengemini, nextstep

        WA has the highest minimum wage of all 50 states -- $9.19 per hour. And it's automatically indexed to inflation.

        "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

        by Dbug on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:19:00 AM PDT

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