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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Bo Ollison
Western lawmakers are waging a bipartisan revolt against the Obama administration's decision to cut mineral royalties to the states as a result of the sequester, but so far the administration isn't budging.
"They're interpreting the federal mineral payments as an expense, instead of a pass-through, which is what it is," said Bo Ollison, senior policy director for the Consumer Energy Alliance in Houston.
While 26 of the 50 states receive mineral royalties, the sequestration cuts have hit hardest in New Mexico and Wyoming, low-population Western states that depend heavily on mining revenue, as well as Colorado, Montana, Idaho and California, Mr. Ollison said.