UPDATE: Lawmakers OK Temporary Budget Plan

The General Assembly has worked out the details to extend a stopgap spending measure for another two weeks to keep state government operating while a final budget remains out of reach.

Democratic leaders agreed Wednesday to extend a so-called "continuing resolution" that was expected to expire at midnight
through the end of the month. The House and Senate approved the
temporary plan by wide margins and sent it to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.

The plan directs Perdue and state agencies to spend no more than 84 percent than what lawmakers approved in last year's budget.

The bill is needed because the new fiscal year began July 1 and there's still no permanent two-year budget plan in place.

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House and Senate Democrats now have to work out a compromise on extending a stopgap spending measure for North Carolina state government before it expires Wednesday night.

The House rejected Tuesday the Senate's version of a so-called
"continuing resolution" that directs Gov. Beverly Perdue and state agencies how they can spend money while lawmakers negotiate a permanent budget.

The biggest issue may be how long the so-called "continuing resolution" should stay in place. The Senate wants it to be open-ended, while the House wants another deadline, perhaps the end of the month.

The temporary plan is needed because Democrats haven't yet agreed to a two-year spending plan that was supposed to take effect July 1.

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