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Mineral Payment Cuts Have Little Impact on Minn.

Posted at: 03/27/2013 4:30 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 4:43 PM
By: BEN NEARY, Associated Press

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to 35 states by a total of roughly $110 million this fiscal year. It's part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says his state will lose the most - at least $53 million over the next five months. Wyoming is the nation's leading coal-producing state.

Western states that are home to the most energy production from federal lands will experience the heaviest cuts. The Interior Department is compiling a list of how much each state will lose.

A spokesman for Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue in Denver says the cuts total 5 percent of annual mineral revenue payments made to states from mineral production within their borders and offshore.

A list of the cuts:

Alabama $217,731
Alaska $603,381
Arizona $759
Arkansas $98,739
California $5,500,974
Colorado $8,417,896
Florida $28,853
Idaho $245,792
Illinois $10,717
Indiana $187
Kansas $70,871
Kentucky $20,547
Louisiana $347,677
Michigan $16,763
Minnesota $487
Mississippi $110,102
Missouri $129,602
Montana $2,520,706
Nebraska $1,470
Nevada $630,685
New Mexico $26,038,169
North Carolina $7
North Dakota $3,222,598
Ohio $11,798
Oklahoma $283,862
Oregon $22,335
Pennsylvania $2,741
South Carolina $59
South Dakota $101,724
Texas $324,742
Utah $8,780,195
Virginia $1,877
Washington $728
West Virginia $9,626
Wyoming $53,082,211

Source: U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue

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