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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state budget director has told the University of North Carolina that it needs to re-write its budget plan for the coming year.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/1ctZSm5 ) that Art Pope has told the university system's board of governors that the plan they submitted is "not realistic."

Pope wrote the board last week saying they were asking for far too much money when the state has competing priorities such as Medicaid and raises for primary and secondary teachers and state employees.

The memo accuses the board of ignoring his office's instructions to present a budget proposal no more than 2 percent larger.

University leaders say they are preparing a detailed response to Pope. Board chairman Peter Hans said the university welcomes a discussion on the budget.

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