- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic leaders are working through the night to round up enough votes to pass a Connecticut budget that’s received heavy criticism from businesses for raising taxes.

Democrats who oppose the bill described being called into meetings early Wednesday and offered funding for their districts in return for supporting the two-year, $40 billion fiscal package.

The House of Representatives originally planned to vote Monday on the budget agreement reached between Democrats and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But those plans were scuttled after several major employers raised concerns about the taxes. Two suggested possibly leaving Connecticut.

Changes were made and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Tuesday he had enough support for passage. But the hours stretched on and no vote was taken by 3 a.m. Wednesday, the final day of the session.

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