Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich vetoed a bill designed to force Wal-Mart to pay more of its employees' health insurance costs, saying the state would lose jobs to the measure. The bill now goes to the Legislature for a possible override. Under it, employers who employ more than 10,000 workers in the state would be required to spend at least 8% of payroll on healthcare for employees or make up the difference in taxes. Wal-Mart is the only employer that would be affected. In recent months, legislators in several states have considered making large employers carry more healthcare costs. Connecticut lawmakers are weighing a bill that would require firms with more than 100 employees to provide their workers with affordable health insurance or pay into a state-run program. California voters last year rejected a measure that would have required companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance to their workers. -- by Tony Fong
Md. governor vetoes Wal-Mart healthcare bill
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