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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Tobacco tax increase proposed in legislature


January 22, 2019

CHEYENNE- A bill introduced in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Friday would try, yet again, to raise taxes on cigarettes and snuff in Wyoming, by proposing a 166 percent excise tax increase on tobacco products.

House Bill 0218 would increase the excise tax on cigarettes and snuff to $1.60 per pack or can (currently 60 cents per pack and can) and result in an estimated revenue increase to the state’s general fund of $22.7 million per year. Local governments would see an increase in revenue by an estimated $4 million per year.

The state notes that the new rate of $1.60 per pack or c...

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