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Western Wyo. Lawmakers Propose Tax For Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park
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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some western Wyoming lawmakers want to create a 1-cent sales tax to raise money for Yellowstone National Park.

The tax would be collected in Park and Teton counties and would pay for infrastructure projects, such as new roads and sewer lines.

Rep. Keith Gingery of Jackson told the Jackson Hole Daily (http://bit.ly/A5p9dA ) that he submitted a bill to impose the tax last week. It also has the support of lawmakers from Afton, Alta and Cody.

Gingery said the tax would help make up for federal funding cuts for national parks but he’s not sure how much money it would raise. The Republican said the park should be maintained for visitors who help support the state’s economy.

The legislative session starts next week.

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