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The Wyoming State Capitol is seen Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CASPER — State officials did not file a federal waiver that would allow them to cut education funding while receiving federal stimulus money after regulatory changes nationally. But Wyoming “has a very compelling argument” to file for such a waiver next year.

As part of its massive stimulus package passed in the spring, U.S. Congress set aside more than $2 billion for states to individually dole out to educational entities. But as part of that, states must agree not to cut funding through fiscal years 2020 and 2021. States could, however, file a waiver with the federal Department of Education should they face a sudden drop in revenue.

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