Lawmakers who get the first turn fashioning a state budget this year will hear from North Carolina's education leaders about Gov. Beverly Perdue's spending proposal.
The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to listen to University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles, community college system President Scott Ralls and two leaders of the public schools.
Bowles has said proposed cuts in Perdue's $21 billion budget released last week could mean several hundred UNC system positions may have to be eliminated. Perdue said she tried to protect education from deep cuts and gave the agencies flexibility in how to make spending reductions.
The Senate will propose and pass its own budget plan before sending it to the House, which will create its own version.