With $1 billion in ARPA funds to spend and flush state coffers, small-business owners ask why
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Dec. 20, 2021—Wyoming’s leading small-business association today released the results from a poll of its state membership showing little or no appetite for new or increased taxes and some thoughts on a few policy questions.
As it does every year, NFIB, the nation’s and Wyoming’s leading small-business association, polls its members on state and federal issues affecting their right to own, operate, and grow their businesses. Results from the annual polls help center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Cheyenne and in Washington, D.C.
“The only small surprise from our ballot question asking our small-business-owning members if they think the state should begin collecting a gross receipts tax is there wasn’t a single ‘yes’ vote,” said Tony Gagliardi, Wyoming state director for NFIB. “After 97% voted ‘no,’ the remaining balance voted ‘undecided.’ Regardless of the economy or state revenues, the inherent flaw in a gross receipts tax is that it must be paid whether or not there was profit made during the period for which it is due, and in most cases, the tax is charged at each point of sale.”
The 2022 Wyoming state member ballot asked four questions:
Should Wyoming increase its fuel tax to maintain and replace the state’s highways and bridges?
Should Wyoming begin collecting a gross receipts tax on businesses?
Should Wyoming’s Equal Pay law limit employers’ policies that prohibit employees from discussing their pay with one another?
Should customers and repair shops be able to access the necessary information from manufacturers to repair their products?
Keep up with the latest Wyoming small-business news at www.nfib.com/WY.
For 78 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
P.O. Box 1890
Cheyenne, WY 82009