CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming legislative committee is considering whether to allow local governments to impose an optional tax on grocery purchases.

The state’s Joint Revenue Committee has set the grocery tax proposal for preliminary consideration at its scheduled meeting next week in Douglas. Other tax proposals on the agenda include hiking state property tax to pay for school construction and increasing the tax on wind energy production.

Wyoming is looking for new revenues in response to falling revenues from coal and other energy sources.

Buffalo Republican Rep. Mike Madden is chairman of the House Revenue Committee. He says the full Legislature will consider the committee recommendations early next year.

Wyoming rolled back the sales tax on groceries in 2006. Opponents of the tax say it disproportionately hits the poor.