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Reductions in Medicaid benefits and the elimination of a state worker holiday are on the agenda as Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse after a week off.

The House and Senate finance committees are slated to review various proposed budget cuts Tuesday. One would eliminate dental services now provided to adult Medicaid recipients. Another would abolish Election Day as a paid holiday for state workers.

Both proposals are included in Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget recommendation, which seeks to eliminate a $117 million deficit projected for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The committees are now reviewing Chafee's proposal, which is likely to undergo big changes before lawmakers vote on the legislation later this spring.