North Carolina Lawmakers Need To Approve Stopgap Spending Plan

Time's running out in North Carolina's fiscal year without a new budget, so the Legislature is trying to complete a stopgap spending plan to buy some time.

The House scheduled debate Monday night on a so-called "continuing resolution" that directs how Gov. Beverly Perdue and state agencies can spend while there's no final budget in place.

Once the bill passes the House, it will return to the Senate. There may be some negotiating because the House plan would give lawmakers two extra weeks to work out a two-year deal. The Senate plan proposed no deadline.

The temporary spending proposal needs to get to Perdue quickly because the new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 29, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    They are struggling right now. The Dems in charge want nothing more than to hit everyone with new taxes but they know it is political suicide especially when the economy is so bad. I think they were all hoping there would have been a better reception for Gov. Bev's across the state "beg for taxes tour". Of course we all know how big of a joke the tour and the Gov. were. Even the teachers union members would not show up.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    If they would stop all of the reckless spending they would not have this problem.
  • by disgusted Location: all over nc on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    They do not need a stop gap plan, they a stop spending plan.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Good luck-these legislators can not find thier way out of a wet paper sack. Buzz-

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