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Michigan lawmakers pass labor department budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature has passed a budget bill that cuts the state's Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth by about 20 percent.

Much of the money reduced from the budget likely will be replaced by cash from the federal stimulus package, including money for the state's No Worker Left Behind job retraining program. The Democratic-led House passed the bill Friday by a 94-14 vote.

The Republican-led Senate approved the bill earlier. The bill does not include higher liquor license fees proposed by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Lawmakers also passed spending bills for departments covering the court system, agriculture and military affairs.

Lawmakers face an Oct. 1 budget deadline. They are trying to erase a $2.8 billion shortfall.

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