Another budget extension likely


RALEIGH (AP) — Legislative leaders agree they’ll have to pass another temporary spending measure that keeps North Carolina government operating into September while they work on a budget deal.

House and Senate Republicans kept holding budget talks Tuesday. A two-year spending plan was supposed to be done July 1.

Two “continuing resolutions” to run government in the meantime have passed. The second one is set to expire next Monday.

A key senator said this week there wasn’t enough time to get a full budget passed and sent to Gov. Pat McCrory, so a third stop-gap measure will be needed.

Negotiator Rep. David Lewis of Dunn said Tuesday he expects that measure to expire Sept. 15 but is hopeful the budget will be finished before then, based on recent progress.

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