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UNC partially scales back budget request to Pope

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - University of North Carolina system leaders have pulled back for now on their request for additional construction money for next year, but insist more operating funds are needed beyond what Gov. Pat McCrory's budget office has suggested.

State Budget Director Art Pope two weeks ago criticized the UNC Board of Governors request to seek 11 percent more money when he said budget expansion requests should not exceed 2 percent.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1kOOT9v ) that system leaders gave Pope an amended funding request that leaves out $74 million in construction money. They're sticking with a request for $108 million more to operate UNC campuses, or 4.5 percent more than this year's total appropriation.

Pope said Wednesday the updated request is a positive step forward.

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