A controversial report by Hunter College's Center for Community Planning finds that Wal-Mart openings can have a surprisingly negative effect on communities.

Since 2005, Wal-Mart, has been greeted with protests from union and community activists over its proposed move to Brooklyn, New York.

A controversial report released in January by New York's Hunter College's Center for Community Planning echos this sentiment, finding that the nation's largest private employer paradoxically kills jobs, drives down wages, and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many of its part-time employees, by default, relegating that responsibility to Medicaid and other publicly funded programs.

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