Connecticut plans to eliminate 6,560 positions to fill a $1.6 billion budget gap and bring its two-year, $40.5 billion budget into balance, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

The number the Democratic governor sent to the legislature on Friday includes layoffs, retirements and unfilled vacancies. Malloy had originally proposed cutting 7,675 positions.

The governor and state employee unions could not agree on concessions and other savings, triggering the shortfall and the layoffs.

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