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FILE - A healthcare worker pray outside Saint Francis Hospital, Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut essential state employees, such as nurses, long-term care workers, prison staff and first responders who worked long hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, are still waiting for "hero pay" from $22.5 million in federal pandemic funds set aside in the state budget. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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