House Rolls Out Stopgap Spending Plan As Chambers Remain

The final week of the state's fiscal year begins with Senate and House leaders far apart on a final budget.

There's a large gap remaining between House and Senate negotiators over two temporary taxes and senators plodding along with work to rid counties of their Medicaid expenses.

The House is taking note of the lack of progress toward a budget deal. Leaders last night rolled out a stopgap spending measure for state government that would allow the two chambers to negotiate for another 30 days past the start of the new fiscal year Sunday.

Negotiators say the biggest obstacle is whether a quarter-penny on the sales tax and a higher income tax rate for the top wage-earners would be allowed to expire this year.

The House wants to keep them on and the Senate doesn't.