- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A spate of winter storms is being blamed for much of a projected $18 million deficit in the Connecticut Department of Transportation budget.

The state was hit with 19 storms this season. DOT Commissioner James Redeker said that’s seven more than normal.

Redeker appeared Tuesday before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which is considering legislation to cover deficiencies that have developed in various state agencies. The current fiscal year, which ends June 30, is projected by the governor’s budget office to be $121.2 million in deficit.

Redeker said the state typically budgets $30 million to cover winter storms annually. He said $13 million of DOT’s $18 million deficit stems from overtime, de-icing materials, contracted services, fuel and equipment repair. The remaining $5 million is from a shortfall in the rail account.

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