Senate appropriations committees released Tuesday proposals for budget reductions to most of state government.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Education/Higher Education's budget proposal calls for a 2.4 percent recurring budget reduction to the UNC system -- a total of about $42 million.
The budget Gov. Mike Easley unveiled last month called for a 5 percent -- or $92 million reduction -- to the UNC system.
Legislative leaders also announced in April that they might have to cut even more than that from the UNC-system budget.
"I'm exceedingly pleased with the subcommittees' recommended budget," said J.B. Milliken, UNC-system vice president for public affairs. "It is certainly a smaller reduction than what has been discussed."
The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to compile all the recommendations into one budget proposal to bring before the full Senate in the next few days.
After the Senate approves the budget, it must head to the state House for approval.
Legislative leaders, and Easley, have expressed a desire to have the state budget in place by July 1, the start of the 2002-03 fiscal year.
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Education/Higher Education also recommended funding $66 million to fully meet the UNC system's enrollment growth needs for the 2002-03 academic year.