(Wyo)-Interim Committee Rejects Alcohol Tax Hike To Fund Treatment Programs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Legislature's interim Joint Committee on Labor, Health and Social Services has rejected a proposal increasing the state tax on alcohol to fund substance abuse treatment programs.
The proposed bill offered by Republican Senator Charlie Scott of Casper lost on a narrow 7-6 vote on Wednesday. .
Backer of the bill said Wyoming's high suicide rate indicates continuing substance problems facing the state while substance abuse programs in the state have seen large funding cuts in recent years.
Opponents contended that the tax increase was unfair and unnecessary because current revenues were sufficient to address the substance abuse programs.
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