magistrate_vetoRALEIGH—The state House and Senate have given themselves another extension to complete their work on the state spending plan.

In several quick votes on Thursday morning, both chambers approved the measure, which now says they must have a new budget in place by Sept. 18.

This is an extension of the budget that was supposed to expire on June 30. Head budget writers say they are they believe this new reprieve will allow to finish their work, because significant progress has been made in the last few days on the final product.

However, some legislators say they don’t believe this extension is necessary.

“Then folk can roll up their sleeves and work this evening, tomorrow and Saturday and get this thing resolved so that these counties and school systems and various others can have absolute predictability on what their budget is going to look like this year,” said Sen. Dan Blue, a Wake County Democrat.

The continuing resolution now goes to the governor for approval. Budget writers say they will now be working through the weekend to complete their work on the final spending plan for the state.

– Loretta Boniti