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UNC system president seeking smaller required cuts

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The head of North Carolina's public university system says he's worried another year of deep cuts from the General Assembly would hurt the University of North Carolina's ability to provide quality education.

UNC President Tom Ross said Monday he's asking legislative budget writers to narrow the $143 million in spending reductions proposed last month by Gov. Pat McCrory. Ross says the 17-campus system already has been required to find $400 million in cuts during the past two years.

Ross also told reporters gathered in Raleigh that McCrory's proposed out-of-state tuition increases of more than 12 percent at some campuses would hurt the state's ability to attract the brightest talent from outside North Carolina.

Ross says it wouldn't make economic sense to close a campus, which some senators have suggested examining.

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