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Massachusetts House Approves $50M Increase to Snow Removal Budget



    Massachusetts House Approves $50M Increase to Snow Removal Budget
    Rick Chestnet, who works for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, records a video on his cell phone as a department truck unloads snow at a "snow farm" in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Crews from around the region have worked urgently to remove the massive amounts of snow that has clogged streets and triggered numerous roof collapses ahead of yet another winter storm due to arrive on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Massachusetts House has approved a spending bill that includes an additional $50 million to cover the costs of snow and ice removal during the recent blast of winter weather.

    Parts of Massachusetts have received more than 8 feet of snow.

    The measure filed by Gov. Charlie Baker totals more than $350 million.

    It includes $190 million to cover unanticipated increases in state employee health care costs and $44 million for a program that provides shelter for homeless families.

    A state transportation official says the additional funds would help the state catch up on payments owed to snow removal contractors.

    Frank DePaola said the state has blown through its entire annual snow and ice budget for state highways, spending $129 million so far.

    The bill now heads to the Senate.

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