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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina budget subcommittee recommends a two-thirds reduction in the amount of money local school districts would be required to return to state government next year.

The House education subcommittee and similar panels that oversee spending for large government categories met Thursday and voted on changes to the second year of the two-year government spending plan. The full budget is expected to be considered next week by the House.

The education committee agreed to reduce a projected $503 million spending reduction by districts to $170 million. The reduction keeps the districts essentially at the same spending levels as last year when federal funds are included.

Another subcommittee agreed to spend more to free up federal election funds.

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