HARTFORD - Lawmakers could possibly act today on Gov. Dannel Malloy's (D-Conn.) new plan to balance the state budget after state union workers rejected a labor-savings and concessions deal.

The deal was worth $1.6 billion and its failure left a gaping hole in the budget. 

Because of the deal's failure, Malloy said 5,500 layoffs are now necessary and asked the Legislature to give him the power to make all of the necessary cuts.

Many lawmakers said they were hesitant to grant Malloy the power.  Their answer came in a compromised proposal giving the governor increased budget-cutting power to close the deficit and the General Assembly oversight over those cuts.

Malloy's proposal gives union leaders until Aug. 31 to ratify the concessions deal.  Meanwhile, some of the first pink slips were mailed out today.