Schools, the state of Montana, and local governments all benefit from revenue from coal, directly and indirectly. Besides income and property taxes, there’s also the severance tax on coal. Half of that tax revenue goes into the permanent Coal Severance Tax Trust. That money can’t be spent without approval from at least three-fourths of both the Montana House and Senate. The other 50% goes to the state’s general fund and a myriad of projects, including for the long-range building program, conservation districts, the state Library Commission, and the cultural trust.