I am very disappointed in our House representatives who voted no on the bill to increase the tax on alcoholic beverages. At a time when our state is in a revenue crisis, it seems that even the "no-brainers" like increasing the tax on alcohol (also tobacco - but that's yet to be determined) are voted down.
These same Representatives are all too willing to make spending cuts in education, social services (like help for the addicted), etc. But God forbid, they are scared to death to enact any bill that would increase revenue (the bad word - "tax"). Some statistics: Wyoming taxes beer at the lowest rate of any state - 2 cents/gallon; Wyoming and New Hampshire are the only two states that do not tax spirits at all; wine is not taxed at all in Wyoming, Utah, Missouri and Pennsylvania. One can see that Wyoming could use a tax -- and I'm willing to pay extra for my wine with dinner.
Natrona County and Wyoming have so many social problems. I believe that taxing products that are not "needed", but can cause social problems with abuse, would be a good idea.