ERIE, Pa.—The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is cutting 26 of its employees at Presque Isle Downs & Casino near Erie effective Friday.

Bobby Nagy, an administrative assistant with the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, tells the Erie Times-News ( http://bit.ly/19WVAff) the workers are being let go permanently. Nagy says the cuts aren't seasonal layoffs triggered by the end of the thoroughbred racing season that ended Sept. 26.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, which oversees the commission, says funding for the racing commission is down. She says at the beginning of the new racing season the agency intends to hire or rehire staff. She also says two of the 26 are retiring.

The cut employees include those who test race horses for illegal substances.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com