Legislative leaders meet to make changes to state budget

- FILE - Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford (WTNH / Mark Davis)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– State budget changes are coming. Top leaders of the General Assembly are meeting Thursday to decide what to do about Governor Malloy‘s line item veto of the Hospital Tax language in the budget that he signed into law on October 31st.

Lawyers for the Hospital Association have been seen at the Capitol Complex in recent days. They have a lot at stake because if the Governor is right, the expanded Medicaid funds from the feds won’t be coming their way.

In exchange for this new federal revenue, the Hospital Association agreed to an increase in the Hospital Tax from 6 to 8%.

Another problem is the “Renters Rebate” program that is relied upon by thousands of senior citizens and the disabled. The checks usually go out in October but still haven’t been issued.

Legislative leaders have pledged to fix this so the checks can go out before the end of November. There has been talk of all lawmakers coming back to the Capitol on October 16 to vote on fixes on these two issues.

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