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How Should $40 Million In Unused Snow Removal Funds Be Spent?

Should the money go to the MBTA as the Governor proposes, or do you have other ideas for it?

With a winter of record high temperatures at least partially behind us, the state government has only used about $10 million of the $50 million set aside for snow and ice removal, according to a Fox News article.

Governor Deval Patrick wants to give that money to the MBTA. As he says in this Patriot-Ledger article, "We’ve had a good and calm and relatively snow-free winter so far. If the winter continues as it has been, there will be unspent snow and ice budget. That may be part of the one-year fix."

The fix he is referring to is the MBTA's estimated $161 million projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, but we at Patch are wondering if you see other things that need fixing. Where do you think the money saved this year should go, and why? Leave a comment and let us know.

Editorial note: this article and comments section is shared across the Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Somerville Patch.com sites. 

DannyBoy February 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
We all know government lacks common sense and are only good at wasting taxpayers' money, which is why it's imperative to cut the bureaucracy and make government work as efficiently as possible.
Ron February 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
How many years do we hear how the money for snow removal is aleady gone, and it's only mid-January? Why not have a snow-removal bank account: in years like this the account is replenished; in years like the previous one the account is spent?
coldwaterdiver February 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The City probably budgeted 200,000 and everytime there is a snow emergency they can tap the state funds to cover the shortages. Its a shell game they play every year, and next year they will probably underfund it even more since it was so mild this year.
robert wilson February 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Winter isn't over yet.
Linda February 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
if it is a real balance, save it, or save some at least.

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