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HARTFORD — Connecticut nursing home owners and their employees are keeping a close eye on the General Assembly to see if lawmakers agree to spend more money on Medicaid-related health services.

The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a spending plan that will ultimately become part of a two-year budget compromise with Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont.

More than 2,400 workers at 20 facilities had planned to walk off the job on May 1 if they don’t receive pay raises. But the members of SEIU 1199 New England announced Thursday they’ve temporarily rescinded those strike notices.

Matthew Barrett, the head of an association that represents nursing homes, says operators had been encouraging all parties to remain at the bargaining table while lawmakers address the Medicaid funding shortfall for nursing home services.

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