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So what is 307 First anyway?

Simply put, 307 First is a new way of thinking local. We think of Wyoming as one big community, a community where we’re all in this together. If we are active in supporting our in-state businesses, healthcare providers, contractors, etc., we can increase our tax base, hire employees, and otherwise make Wyoming a better place to live, work, and play.

Your Sales Tax at Work

When you shop in your town, 4% of the sales tax goes to the state for local funding. In addition, Wyoming counties may have additional taxes that help fund specific projects. This money helps pay for your city infrastructure, recreation, health department, parks, emergency services, and our children’s education. When Wyoming residents spend money outside Wyoming—whether it’s on shopping, healthcare, or contractors—those tax dollars go to fund outside communities, and Wyoming suffers.

By spending your money locally, you ensure that taxes are collected locally.

What is Local?

Buying local generally means shopping at stores that are located in your neighborhood. At 307 First, we’ve opened that up to stores that are located in your neighborhood, town, county, or anywhere in the state of Wyoming. We are big supporters of locally-owned businesses, but some of this applies to those big-box national chains as well. When you buy from any merchant or use services that are in your area, you pay sales taxes, you justify the need for the employees, you keep the building open and in use, etc.

Locally-owned businesses provide an even greater benefit to your community. These are home-grown businesses that ensure that more of your Wyoming dollar stays in Wyoming. In fact, studies show that out of every $100 spent at a Wyoming-owned business, $68 stays in the state of Wyoming—that’s $25 more than if the business wasn’t Wyoming-owned.

How Can One Person Make a Difference?

Money doesn’t just get spent once. If you go out and buy goods from a Wyoming retailer, they use that money for all sorts of expenses (wages, paper, computers, etc.), services (accountant, lawyer, etc.), and taxes. So every dollar you spend at a Wyoming business in turn gets spent at other Wyoming businesses. Over, and over, and over again.

So even a modest increase in local spending can have a HUGE impact on our state economy. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this!

Locally Spent Dollars Chart

Can’t the Legislature Fix This?

There are some easy fixes that the Legislature can enact that will immediately make a difference for Wyoming communities. A change to how in-state businesses are defined and the restoration of a preference to Wyoming businesses will help ensure that more of our tax dollars stay in Wyoming.

307 First is working hard to make these changes. You can show your support by sending an email or a letter to your state representative and let them know that you support putting Wyoming first.