Wyoming Cigarette Tax Won’t Go Up

A bill that would have increased the cigarette tax in Wyoming was defeated last week in a State Senate Committee. The bill would have increased the taxes paid on a pack of cigarettes from 60 to 90 cents. The bill faced oppositions from both sides, with convenience store owners worried the changes would cut into profits, and from the American Cancer Society, who felt the increase needed to be more severe. It’s estimated that Wyoming would have generated and additional $7.9 million annually with the tax increase, with an additional $1.4 million going to local governments. However, detractors have said that states’ that increased tobacco taxes have not experience the increased revenues that were predicted. This would have been the first time since 2003 that the cigarette tax would have been raised in Wyoming.

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