Gov. Beverly Perdue says protecting education and creating jobs in North Carolina are her top priorities in the proposed state budget she'll release.
Perdue told the state's top education leaders Monday that she would propose spending more money in K-12 education and new initiatives designed to prepare students for the working world in the budget. But Perdue said significant cuts were ahead for the university system in the proposed budget, due to be released Tuesday.
University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles said after the meeting at Wake Technical Community College he's worried that campuses would have to cut as many as a 1,000 positions under the governor's proposed two-year budget.