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Senate approves paying Iowa brush cutter $30K

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would pay an Iowa brush cutter an additional $30,000 for hours he claimed he worked in LaFayette County.

The Department of Natural Resources hired Stillmunkes, Inc., to remove brush at the Yellowstone Wildlife Area in 2008. Stillmunkes estimated the work would cost the state about $21,000. The company ended up billing the DNR for $96,850, claiming weather slowed its work and the DNR wanted larger logs and brush removed than it first represented.

The DNR paid Stillmunkes the $20,800. The state Claims Board has recommended giving the company another $30,000.

The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday and it now goes to the Assembly.

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