Feds to restore cuts in mineral payments to states

BILLINGS, Mont. • Dozens of states including Utah will receive an estimated total of $110 million in mineral leasing payments from the federal government following a dispute over automatic spending cuts that drew a backlash from lawmakers in the West. Interior officials previously defended the cuts by saying they had no choice in the matter under budget rules now in place. But they said Tuesday that a months-long legal review of the Mineral Leasing Act determined the money must be paid to states...

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