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NC lawmakers mull how much schools should pay back

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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some House Republicans would like to slash by more than half the amount North Carolina public school districts will have to return to the state next year. But GOP lawmakers aren't sure there's enough money elsewhere in state government to do that.

The House education budget subcommittee met Tuesday to discuss potential adjustments to the second year of the two-year budget to begin July 1. Republican lawmakers rolled out ideas the subcommittee will consider. One would reduce the amount districts are required to return from $503 million to about $170 million.

Subcommittee co-chairman Rep. Hugh Blackwell of Burke County said there are other pots of money that could be tapped to restore the cuts. Democratic Rep. Mickey Michaux says Republicans are setting up unrealistic expectations without raising taxes.

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