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Easley Give Lawmakers More Time To Work On Budget

Posted June 29, 2001 2:07 a.m. EDT

— State lawmakers have two more weeks to reach a budget compromise.

With the stroke of pen, Governor Mike Easley signed a resolution to keep state government working past the end of the fiscal year.

Thursday, the state house approved its version of the budget, which differs from the senate's.

Gov. Easley offered his thoughts on both spending plans.

"The house and senate budgets, if taken together, are very good on education. They have cuts that are not acceptable that have to be fixed. And it is becoming very clear to all of us now, that we are going to have to find additional revenue," he says.

Easley believes that additional revenue could come from an education


, something neither budget has right now.