Gov. Baker seeks extra money for snow cleanup

BOSTON (WWLP) – Every year the state sets aside tens of millions of dollars to treat and plow major roadways, but Governor Charlie Baker said the state already needs more money to clear the roads.

The relentless winter weather is expected to strike again this weekend, dropping even more snow in Massachusetts. The state set aside about $70 million this winter for snow removal, but that money is being spent very quickly.

A few days ago, Governor Charlie Baker filed his solution to closing this fiscal year’s nearly $800 million budget gap. He also asked state lawmakers to approve an additional $50 million for snow clean-up.

Baker told reporters Friday that the extra money should last until the end of winter. “I don’t know how many more snow storms we’re going to be dealing with between now and the end of the winter,” he explained. “If the Legislature does in fact act on the supplemental that we filed, we’ll have an adequate amount to meet the state’s requirements.”

State lawmakers would now have to debate and vote on whether to approve the extra funds for snow clean-up.

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