Permanent Mineral Trust Fund
5:42 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bebout supports increasing the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund

Sen. Eli Bebout of Riverton

As the Legislature irons out the final details of the State budget, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee says lawmakers were forward-thinking with the budget. 

During a news conference, Senator Eli Bebout of Riverton said the spending reductions and cuts to some agencies were needed to get the budget in shape for future spending. 

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6:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Senate votes down an effort to divert money for roads

Sheridan Sen. Bruce Burns

The State Senate has defeated a bill that would take money from the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund to maintain and construct roads.

It would divert over 57 million dollars in fiscal year 2014 that would have flowed into the PMTF.  When combined with a ten cent increase in the gas tax, it would raise nearly 72-million dollars.  Senator Stan Cooper says it would help the state catch up with its road maintenance needs and provide more substantial funding.

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