GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado and other states will get their full share of money from the leasing of federal lands for mining or drilling while the U.S. Interior Department reconsiders whether the current budget fight applies to that money.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue wrote to Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton on Monday and told him funds held back this year will be available in the next fiscal year.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, that means about $6 million from federal mineral leases will be distributed to the state and various local governments affected by the development of minerals on federal lands.
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