Paul Fogleman,

State appropriations for the operations of the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center are included in the recurring budget for the State Community Colleges. The plan to create a North Carolina Fabrics Discovery and Innovation Center with the centers and North Carolina State University College of Textiles was suspended. Vocal opposition from a Senate appropriations chair prompted NCSU to pull back from the initiative. Timing may not help the undertaking. With $100 million going to special earmarks, the $7 million sought for the innovation center was not an insurmountable sum.

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