- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - House Democratic leaders say they’re planning to take up a bill next week to fix Connecticut’s $350 million deficit, but acknowledge some details are still being ironed out.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey met with House Democrats Friday to review the plan. He believes there will be enough votes to pass it without Republican help. However, House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) acknowledged he hasn’t counted the votes yet.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a proclamation Friday calling the General Assembly back to Hartford for a special session on Tuesday, even though lawmakers could not reach a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan.

Malloy said the group was “close enough” on a plan to act.

Sharkey said the plan restores about half of Malloy’s earlier cuts to hospitals. It also includes business tax changes.

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