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Wyoming Politicians upset over payment cuts

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Wyoming politicians are furious over money the federal government won't give to the state, saying there was no advance warning.

Governor Matt Mead claims Wyoming will miss out on $53 million in mineral payments from the federal government.  The funds are cut from payments that represent its share of revenue from mineral production on federal land within the state.

Gillette is in the heart of coal country and Mayor Tom Murphy says the cuts will hurt trying to pay for new schools in the area.

"These are the families that are providing the energy so that the economic engine of the United States continues to go.  And they're taking away the money that they agreed to pay us in royalty payments," said Murphy.

The Interior Department says the cuts must take place after the sequester was approved.

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