Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is the executive editor and a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan free-market think tank.

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October 12, 2018, 10:22 AM EDT
In an effort to force corporations to pay higher wages to their lower-income employees, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation earlier in September that would require employers with 500 employees or more to pay a tax equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their employees. The legislation, titled the “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act,” would apply to employers who have employees enrolled in various welfare programs, including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the federal free and reduced lunch plan.