If a “mega corporation” doesn’t pay its full-time employees enough money to keep them off social welfare programs, the corporation ought to pay back the American taxpayers with higher taxes, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Brown, D-Ohio, proposed Wednesday the Corporate Freeloader Fee that would make that idea a possibility. He also proposed the Patriot Employers Tax Credit, which would be given to companies that pay their employees at least $15 per hour, and provide workers with adequate health care and retirement options.