Governor Mike Easley has signed a spending plan for state government into law. The plan only goes through July 31st, giving lawmakers another month to work out tax and budget differences.
General Assembly leaders still disagree on a 20 billion dollar budget proposal for the new fiscal year that begins Sunday.
So legislators passed a stopgap plan that keeps state government running largely at current levels for another month.
It also keeps in place a quarter-penny on the sales tax that was supposed to expire this weekend as well. That means the sales tax on most consumer purchases will remain 6-point-75 percent.
House and Senate Democrats haven't decided whether it will remain in place beyond July.