Increased liquor tax fails to move forward in Wyoming House
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill calling for a tax increase on liquor failed to move forward in the Wyoming House, indicating a climate unlikely to support the two remaining tax proposals.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports the bill that would have increased the liquor tax from 17.6 percent to 20.6 percent failed to be introduced to the House in a 38-22 vote Wednesday.
The state would have received less than $3 million per year under the increased liquor tax, which Republican Rep. Mike Madden had framed as a wholesale liquor markup that intended to cover the costs of delivery and processing.
Lawmakers had voiced concerns that the liquor markup was just a roundabout way of passing a tax increase.
Legislation on statewide tax increases for tobacco and lodging are awaiting introduction votes.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com