CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's congressional delegation is decrying the raiding of Abandoned Mine Land money guaranteed to Wyoming in order to help pay for transportation work and lower student loan rates. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis all opposed the legislation that easily passed both the House and Senate on Friday.
The delegation says the bill would take a little over $700 million from the Abandoned Mine Land trust fund over the next 10 years. They say most AML money comes from taxes paid on coal mined in Wyoming and so Wyoming is likely the only state that would lose significant funding.