Amid coal uncertainty, Wyoming school construction funds projected to waver

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine.

Over the past 10 years, those fees – called coal lease bonuses – have paid for more than $1 billion in school construction around the state.

But if the industry continues its current trend, that money will dry up in 2018.

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