Let them drink gas

| 1/31/2008

Wyoming residents would rather pay more taxes to put beer in their bellies than pay more to put fuel in their tanks.

That’s according to a recent poll by The Casper Star-Tribune, which found that 84 percent of the respondents oppose a 10-cent fuel tax increase.

On the other hand, nearly 60 percent said they’d support a beer tax increase of 4.5 cents per liter to pay for substance abuse treatment.

Sen. Michael Von Flatern, R-Gillette, is calling for the 10-cent hike in the fuel tax to pay for highway and other transportation projects. The bill would mean $47 million of new money for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.