RALEIGH (AP) -- Senate Democrats have agreed to keep a "temporary" sales tax on the books for at least another month.
That removes the major obstacle for a stopgap spending bill to keep most of state government running past this weekend.
The House and Senate have been at odds over whether to allow a quarter-penny sales tax to expire Sunday. There's also controversy over a higher income tax rate for the highest wage-earners that will sunset at the end of the year.
The taxes were approved during the 2001 economic recession to fill a budget shortfall.
Passing a budget before the July First deadline isn't likely, so lawmakers have been focusing on a resolution that would keep state government largely at current spending levels.
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