Proposal to increase Wyoming Beer Tax hits a snag - KOTA Territory News

Proposal to increase Wyoming Beer Tax hits a snag

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Beer drinkers and sellers in Wyoming are breathing sighs of relief after a legislative committee decided against pushing a beer tax increase.

The Joint Revenue Interim Committee held a meeting in Buffalo and decided against drafting a bill to propose at next year's legislative session.

The committee considered a draft to raise the tax from two cents per gallon to 17 and another to get rid of it altogether.  Both failed.

Those in support of raising the tax, like Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness, hoped the added revenue would fund substance abuse programs.

"Get a revenue stream that's dedicated to the alcohol treatment programs and get some help for these citizens that need help," said Warpness.

Opponents argued the tax increase would hurt businesses like breweries, wholesalers, and restaurants.

"Increasing the beer tax is increasing a consumer tax.  The increase is passed on to our customers.  It hurts our ability to compete with neighboring states," said Wyoming State Liquor Association executive director Mike Moser.

An individual senator or representative can still propose a beer tax bill during next year's session.

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