As the pandemic continues to inflict broad economic damage in Connecticut at the same time the state’s financial forecast appears, conversely, to be improving, Gov. Ned Lamont could face growing pressure to do something he’s so far resisted — spend more state dollars.

Lawmakers who drive decisions about state spending are increasingly concerned about the fiscal harm being experienced in three key sectors: higher education, particularly Connecticut’s community colleges and universities; nonprofit providers who care for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents; and municipal governments.

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