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AG: Feds to Return Mining Monies

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HELENA, Mont. -

Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox wins his argument over millions of dollars in mining monies taken from the state because of the sequestration.

The federal government reversed its decision on keeping mining royalties from Montana counties. Previously, the feds said it would withhold payments from March through July and possibly August and September due to sequester cuts. The amount total was $2.4 million.

Fox argued although the money passed through the federal treasury, it's not actually federal money and therefore not subject to sequester cuts.

The money is already part of county budgets, which goes towards infrastructure such as roads, bridges and building improvements.

Fox and 9 other Attorneys General successfully opposed the decision.