17-6-311. Limitation on size of investments. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) and this subsection, an investment may not be made that will result in any one business enterprise or person receiving a benefit from or incurring a debt to the permanent coal tax trust fund the total current accumulated amount of which exceeds 10% of the permanent coal tax trust fund. If an investment results in any one business enterprise or person incurring a debt in excess of 6% of the permanent coal tax trust fund, at least 30% of the debt incurred for the project or enterprise for the coal tax investment that was made to the business enterprise or person must be held by a commercial lender. This subsection does not:
(a) apply to a loan made pursuant to 17-6-317; or
(b) limit the board's authority to make loans to the capital reserve account as provided in 17-6-308(2).
(2) The total amount of loans made pursuant to 17-6-309(2) may not exceed $80 million, the total amount of loans made pursuant to 17-6-317 may not exceed $70 million, and a single loan may not be less than $250,000. Except for a loan made pursuant to 17-6-317, a loan may not exceed $16,666 for each job that is estimated to be created. In determining the size of a loan made pursuant to 17-6-309(2), the board shall consider:
(a) the estimated number of jobs to be created by the project within a 4-year period from the time that the loan is made and the impact of the jobs on the state and the community where the project will be located;
(b) the long-term effect of corporate and personal income taxes estimated to be paid by the business and its employees;
(c) the current and projected ability of the community to provide necessary infrastructure for economic and community development purposes;
(d) the amount of increased salaries, wages, and business incomes of existing jobholders and businesses; and
(e) other matters that the board considers necessary.
(3) The total amount of loans made annually pursuant to 17-6-309(3) may not exceed $50 million. In determining the size of a loan, the board shall consider:
(a) the direct and indirect tax implications to the state if a coal-fired generating unit is retired prematurely;
(b) the current and projected ability of an owner to operate and maintain a coal-fired generating unit; and
(c) other matters that the board considers necessary.