CHICAGO — States and local governments across the Midwest that were already struggling with budget challenges are bracing for a fresh flurry of bills following last week’s severe winter weather.

Most states affected by the snowstorm expect to release initial cost estimates within the next two weeks. The tab for most is likely to be a relatively small bite out of the overall budget, but as one municipal analyst said, “If you don’t have the cash, you don’t have the cash.” 

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