Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says that last-minute lobbying from property owners and the minerals industry is threatening to complicate a bill that lays out rules for storing carbon dioxide underground.
"Everybody is trying to reach over and try to get somebody else's property right," he said.
"And all that bill is intended to do is to confirm the status of the law, not change the relationships, and I encourage people to disregard a lot of these amendments," he added.
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.