- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed human services budget is moving through the legislative process, but not without complaints from lawmakers and advocates.

The General Assembly’s Human Services Committee on Tuesday voted to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee for further action. The legislation has been roundly criticized by human service groups who call the spending cuts draconian.

Complaints have focused on proposals reducing Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women and parents of children on the HUSKY health insurance program. There are also concerns about cuts in teen pregnancy prevention programs, traumatic brain injury services and home care services for the elderly.

Rep. Catherine Abercrombie, the committee’s Democratic co-chairman, said this marks “the most difficult budget” she’s experienced. She said it makes sense for the budget-writing committee to now make changes.

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