State Could Get Unexpected Money

Washington D-C – GOOD NEWS FOR WYOMING. OVER THE WEEKEND, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED A PLAN TO PAY THE STATE ABOUT 550 (M) MILLION DOLLARS IT'S OWED FOR CLEANING UP ABANDONED MINES. WASHINGTON BUDGET HAWKS STALLED THE PAYMENT FOR YEARS. BUT THE HOUSE OKAYED THE MESAURE, BY ATTACHING THE PAYOUT TO LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BOOST THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE.
REPUBLICAN WYOMING REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA CUBIN SAYS LAWMAKERS STYMIED THE PACKAGE FOR YEARS..BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH BROAD POLITICAL SUPPORT.
INITIALLY, LAWMAKERS...INCLUDING REPUBLICAN WYOMING SENATOR MIKE ENZI...HOPED TO HITCH THE MINING PLAN ONTO A PENSION REFORM BILL. BUT THAT BECAME UNWORKABLE AFTER LAWMAKERS LOADED SO MANY OTHER PROVISIONS ONTO THAT LEGISLATION. SO THE HOUSE APPROVED WYOMING'S MONEY...IN THE TAX BILL...THAT ALSO HIKED THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE.
CUBIN SAYS MINING STATE LAWMAKERS WERE JUST LOOKING TO LATCH THE MEASURE...TO THE RIGHT PIECE OF LEGISLATION.
WYOMING DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY JUST YET. THE BILL STILL REQUIRES SENATE APPROVAL. AND SOME SENATORS ARE THREATENING TO FILIBUSTER THE OVERALL BILL. THEY OBJECT TO OTHER ITEMS IN THE LEGISLATION...AND THINK THE WHOLE MEASURE..IS TOO EXPENSIVE.