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PRESS RELEASE - Downing Announces Passage of Snow & Ice Supplemental Budget: FY 2008 Supplemental Measure Provides Fiscal Relief for Snow and Ice Removal Contractors
March 13, 2008

Boston- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that today the Senate enacted a FY 2008 supplemental budget, sending a $43.3 million appropriation for snow and ice removal expenses for the Massachusetts Highway Department and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Governor’s desk for final approval. 


“Every time it snows the people of Massachusetts depend upon snow and ice contractors to get out there and make our roadways safe for drivers and pedestrians,” said Downing.  “There are a number of contractors in western Massachusetts who have been waiting months to be compensated.  This supplemental budget provides payment-in-full for their service.”


The 2007-2008 winter season was packed with snowstorms and inclement weather, quickly depleting the snow and ice monies provided in the FY 2008 budget.  This supplemental budget directs $43.3 million to MassHighway and Department of Conservation and Recreation snow and ice accounts and will be used to pay deficient bills to contractors for services rendered.


The supplemental budget also assists Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) across the Commonwealth. As a member of the Legislative Caucus on Regional Transit Authorities, Senator Downing recently joined twelve of his Senate colleagues in writing to Senate Ways & Means to advocate for an additional $6.03 million in funding to ensure that RTAs would be able to increase the accessibility of transit provided to elderly and disabled clients.  This appropriation is included in the supplemental budget.


This supplemental appropriations bill now goes to Governor Patrick for final approval.




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