With all manner of discussions taking place in Cheyenne about finding cost-cutting measures and looking for ways to generate revenue in the face of huge shortfalls, smokers may find themselves paying more to light up.
House Bill 151 (HB151) proposes to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 60 cents to 90 cents. HB151 was sponsored by Rep. Mike Madden (R, HD-40, Buffalo).
According to Andrew Graham of WyoFile, the bill had failed on final reading, 22-38 before being resurrected by Rep. Albert Sommers (R, HD-20, Pinedale). The bill passed House on it’s second effort 31-28 and will now be considered by the Senate.
The increased tax would bring in approximately $6 million per biennium for the involuntary hospitalization program according to the Joint Appropriations Committee.
Surrounding states tax cigarettes at the following: Idaho (.57 cents), Montana ($1.70), Colorado (.84 cents) and Utah ($1.70).
Dan Dockstader (R, SD-16, Afton) checks in during the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM and Black Mountain Country 1210 AM. Listen to his report from the Wyoming Senate from February 1, 2017 below: