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Small businesses oppose higher Wyoming gas tax

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Wyoming drivers are one step closer to a tax hike that would mean paying more at the pump.

The House Revenue Committee recommended state lawmakers approve a 10 cents-a-gallon increase Monday morning.

The proposal is gathering support throughout the state including from the Wyoming Taxpayers Association.

But a National Federation of Independent Business poll suggests about 80 percent of small business owners oppose the increase.

The Sheridan Chamber says businesses are worried about paying more for fuel expenses.

"Anything that's going to increase the price of doing business is definitely a concern and will be an ongoing concern for small business owners, especially at this time.  We're not out of the woods economically yet," said Dixie Johnson with the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.

Governor Matt Mead claims the higher fuel tax would bring in $70 million a year for highway projects.

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