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Debate Over Budget Bill Likely As Special Session Nears

Matthew Trump

Don't expect the debate over Connecticut's budget to be over now that there's a tentative $19.7 billion Democratic budget agreement on the table.

Complaints about the 11th-hour plan are expected to bubble up before next week's special legislative session.

The Senate plans to vote Thursday on the deal reached between legislative Democrats and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The House of Representatives hasn't announced a date yet.

Many rank-and-file legislators have not yet seen the full details of the plan, which Democrats say imposes $825 million in cuts throughout state government, affecting everything from hospitals to municipalities. The budget bill was still being drafted as of late last week.

Malloy has warned the leaders not to agree to re-open the deal to accommodate lawmakers who want to replenish funding.

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