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N.C. House Approves Stopgap Spending Extension

Posted July 18, 2005 8:08 a.m. EDT

— The state House agreed unanimously Monday evening to extend a stopgap spending measure that will keep North Carolina's government running for another two weeks.

The temporary bill is necessary because lawmakers still have not agreed on a two-year budget, almost three weeks after the start of the fiscal year.

An earlier extension is scheduled to expire this week, and lawmakers still cannot agree on issues including a cigarette tax increase and state worker compensation.

The Senate still has to approve the new extension, which would keep state government running at current spending levels until August 5.