Hartford, Conn., Mayor Luke Bronin acknowledged a nearly $50 million gap as he submitted his $612.9 million budget request for fiscal 2018.

Bronin, whose distressed city received four-notch downgrades to its general obligation bonds last year from two rating agencies, cited rising debt-service payments, higher required pension contributions, health-care cost inflation, costly legal judgments from years past and unrealized concessions from most labor unions.

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