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Pat Kaplan (Melissa Bailey photo)

Pat Kaplan was about to post an opening for a staff attorney when she heard about the governor’s veto.

Kaplan is head of New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc., which provides free legal services to people who can’t afford a lawyer. The organization, which took a blow to its budget when the recession hit, was counting on a $1.5 million lifeline from the state toward legal aid’s statewide umbrella group.

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