Connecticut Democrats reach deal on budget changes

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HARTFORD — Democratic leaders of the General Assembly say they’ve reached an agreement with Gov. Dan Malloy’s administration on last-minute changes to the state budget that sparked strong criticism from some major employers.

A vote on the changes is expected on Monday during a special legislative session.

Lawmakers agreed with Malloy, a fellow Democrat, on his plan to roll back some of the $1.5 billion in tax increases in the two-year, $40.3 billion budget. For example, the tax on computer and data processing will remain at the current 1 percent rate.

The agreement also provides more money to hospitals.

To make up the revenue, Democrats propose reducing state employee wage increases in fiscal year 2017.

Lawmakers will take up some other unfinished bills, including one concerning excessive force by police.