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Pressure mounts as lawmakers consider late budget changes

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Dozens of people, mostly human service advocates and families that rely on state services, are trying to discourage Connecticut legislators from making additional eleventh-hour cuts to the state budget.

They lined up Tuesday outside the House Democrats' caucus room, where rank-and-file lawmakers discussed possible changes to the two-year, $40.3 billion Democratic budget that narrowly passed the General Assembly this month.

Heather Gates, president and CEO of Connecticut Health Resources, said lawmakers must keep the budget intact. She said further reductions will seriously affect people who need mental health and other services.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has called on lawmakers to roll back some of the tax increases in the budget after some major employers voiced strong concerns.

Such changes would be made in the upcoming special legislative session.

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