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65 workers out at Michigan economic development agency

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A state agency that promotes economic development in Michigan is cutting 65 employees in response to a smaller budget.

The head of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. says remaining employees will be trained to perform additional duties.

Steve Arwood says the agency faces a "very hard budget," starting Oct 1.

Arwood says the number of employees has already fallen to 307 from 336 since January, mostly through attrition.

The MEDC warned in August that it faced a steep drop in revenue, partly because of a dispute over payments from the Indian tribe that runs the Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County.