WPR News
8:57 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Wyoming legislative committee discusses clean coal tax breaks

Casper, Wy –
This week a legislative committee is discussing clean coal opportunities and whether to approve tax breaks. The Tax breaks would be for clean coal facilities and for coal consumed in such a facility. The Equality State Policy Center opposes such breaks.Chairman Bob Spencer of Cheyenne says it would cost Wyoming needed revenue.
Spencer-If you eliminate a tax or lower a tax, then you have to make it up somewhere.

Spencer disputes the idea that tax breaks are needed to build clean coal facilities

Spencer-Building of these facilities will take place whether there is a tax break or not.

Spencer says his organization prefers subsidies and a heavy investment in clean coal research. The joint minerals committee will discuss the proposals Wednesday in Casper.