Local legislators talk new revenue sources

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Could an upcoming Supreme Court decision related to online sales-tax collection help Wyoming provide more money to its schools? That, and making Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming a toll road, were two of the revenue possibilities brought up at a recent legislative forum at Northwest College. Three local state legislators — Rep. David Northrup, R-Powell, Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, and Sen. Ray Peterson, R-Cowley — discussed state budget issues and fielded questions from those in attendance. “In Wyoming, we’ve been spoiled with that mineral production and the 70 percent dependency on that,” Peterson said, referring to the percentage of state revenue that comes from minerals. “When that goes south, then we scramble. But, because of those good years,...

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Local legislators talk new revenue sources

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