HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for human and social services were lined up outside the closed doors of the House Majority Caucus room at the state capitol Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers got up to speed on the latest developments in the state budget process.
At least 200 people converged on the halls of the second floor to give a last minute pitch for causes ranging from residential housing for intellectually and developmentally disabled people to adequate funding for nursing homes.
Reacting to pushback from the business community on the revenue package attached to the two-year, $40.3 billion budget approved by the legislature June 3, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has told legislators to either revisit some of the business taxes or to authorize him to do it himself.
After the House Democrats spent about four hours behind closed doors, their leadership would not provide details about how the advocates’ pleas were received. But House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said some legislators expressed support for preserving the funding for human and social services that was approved by the legislature on June 3.
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