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Budget panel approves spending for winter costs

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- On one of the hottest days of the year, winter is on the mind of the Legislature's budget committee.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved spending nearly $20 million more than planned to reimburse counties for winter maintenance costs and to replenish road salt reserves.

The state Department of Transportation budgeted $41 million for a variety of maintenance costs for last winter, but late-season costs added to the total by $4 million.

The committee also approved spending an additional $15.6 million to pay for salt purchased last year and to replenish supplies.

The panel also approved $10.3 million for emergency maintenance work on the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee and $3.1 million to replace deteriorating highway lighting masts along the interstates in Milwaukee County.

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