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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senators added funding to a program that would give Utah 20 (M)million dollars for public land use.
The added funding yesterday by senators reverses a significant cut proposed by the White House.
President Bush had proposed cutting 27 (M)million dollars form the Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes program. The program is designed to replace tax revenue that states and counties lose because they are unable to tax federal land.
However, the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee restored those cuts, and added another eight (M)million dollars. According to the Salt Lake Tribune that would bring the total to 235 (M)million dollars to be divided among the states and counties.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee will meet tomorrow to vote to send the bill to the full Senate.
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