Mass. Snow and Ice Budget Hitting Cap

Mar 30, 2017

If forecasters are correct, March won't exactly be going out like a lamb. The winter storm expected to hit New England Friday will further strain the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's budget.

The Massachusetts fiscal year 2017 budget includes $62 million for snow and ice removal. By law, state transportation officials are allowed to go $50 million over

MassDOT said it was already up against that cap two weeks ago and will work with lawmakers to cover all winter clean-up costs.

The latest supplemental budget signed by Governor Charlie Baker this week did not include any extra money for snow removal.  Legislative leaders said they want to wait and see how much is needed to fill in the hole. 

State House News Service contributed to this report.