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February 22, 2014

Mass. snowstorms costing more than $100M so far

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has spent more than $100 million on snowstorms this season, exhausting the state’s $43 million budget for snow and ice removal for the current fiscal year.

The state has spent $74 million to clean up after the more than a dozen snowstorms since Jan. 1, exceeding $31 million set aside for this year.

Transportation department spokesman Michael Verseckes said the agency asked for an additional $50 million in funding, but legislation is currently pending.

Verseckes said this has happened many times in the past because predicting the weather months in advance is challenging. Spending was below budget last year.

The state has used more than 570,000 tons of salt so far and expects no shortages. But many towns such as Tewksbury, Wilmington and Billerica have been hurting for salt.

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