Operators of surgery centers across Connecticut are working to persuade state lawmakers to scrap a new tax in the Democratic budget they claim will prompt some facilities to close. The centers provide colonoscopies, cataract removal and other outpatient procedures. The Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers says about 15 of the group’s 61 member centers will be forced to close if the 6 percent “provider tax” included in the two-year, $40.3 billion budget becomes law. Many centers operate on thin margins, said association President Ken Rosenquest.

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