Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives discussed another round of bills that would provide property tax breaks, and agreed to debate a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit annual property-tax increases to ten percent.
That bill now heads to the House Revenue Committee for further debate. Jackson Democrat Pete Jorgenson does not object to property tax breaks, he just wants all options studied first.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives will debate a severance tax on helium.
A state Supreme Court ruling tossed out Wyoming's old way of taxing helium, so lawmakers will consider a six-percent severance tax on extraction.
House revenue chairman Pete Anderson says many in the minerals industry oppose the bill. But Anderson says the revenue department could still reach an agreement with helium producers to pay a tax of less than six percent.
Cheyenne, WY – A pair of property tax relief measures favored by the Governor were killed on introduction by the Wyoming House of Representatives. But legislators resurrected the bills later the same day.
The bills would both change the constitution and set up a way to provide relief to seniors 65 and older who have lived in the state for ten years.
Representative Debbie Hammons says the mechanism would essentially reduce someone's tax bill.
Laramie, WY – Entering this week's legislative session, Wyoming is just one of two states without anti-dog fighting laws, and some would like that to change.
Last year Big Horn Republican Rosie Berger did not get far with similar legislation, but following the news of former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and his involvement with Dog fighting, Berger says she has gained many more supporters.