Gov. McCrory's Proposed Budget Cuts Could Affect UNC System Campuses

1:03 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- Lawmakers are considering closing one or two campuses in the University of North Carolina system, according to WRAL.

Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a $135 million cut in funding for the UNC system in the 2013-2014 budget proposal he introduced Wednesday.

Lawmakers, like Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said they were worried about the amount of money going toward higher education--more so than the size of the state's current appropriation.

Those lawmakers say they want to trim some of the duplicative programs across UNC campuses.

The university campuses in the system include UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, the UNC School of the Arts, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Pembroke, Elizabeth City State University, Appalachian State University, UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University.

It still is not clear which campuses might close.

UNC President Tom Ross expressed concern at the size of the proposed cut, which comes after $400 million in cuts in recent years.



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