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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Drinks & Taxes 2008 v6: Wyoming

According to a poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune the vast majority of Wyoming residents are against a new gas tax, but favor a hike in the tax on beer.

A total of 58 percent of Wyoming voters polled said they would back a 4.5 cent per liter increase in the tax on beer. The tax revenue would be spent on substance abuse treatment and prevention.

While resident favor the hike in the beer tax, they are heavily against increasing the gas tax to raise $47 million, even though 52 percent of those dollars would come from non-residents refueling in the state.

The tax on beer would go from a half a cent per liter to 5 cents per liter under a bill being considered by the Wyoming Legislature. The bill would also mandate that $14.5 million a year raised from alcohol taxes in the state go to fund substance abuse programs.

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