An open letter to Governor Ted Kulongoski
Dear Governor Kulongoski,
Across the country state employment and human services agencies are matching their data and disclosing to the media which employers have the most employees utilizing health insurance and other public benefits.
As noted at Good Jobs First, Arizona's Department of Economic Security issued data on the largest private employers with workers receiving taxpayer-financed medical insurance through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. At the top of the list was Wal-Mart, with about 2,700 workers--or 9.6 percent of its Arizona workforce--participating in the program. It was followed by Target, Kroger (owner of Oregon's Fred Meyer), each of which had about 5 percent of their workers getting state healthcare coverage.
Will you please ask the Oregon Employment and Human Services Departments to disclose which employers have the most employees with family members enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (including SCHIP and FHIAP) and the Oregon Food Stamp Program?
If Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin residents can learn which employers are most dependent on public services to support their low wage employment, why can't Oregonians learn the same thing?
There's nothing stopping you from producing the reports. Oregonians deserve to know which employers benefit the most by Oregon's public assistance programs.