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Stop-gap budget would fund government through July

That sound you heard was summer vacation plans crashing for people who work at the legislative complex in Raleigh.

The Senate budget committee approved a stop-gap bill that would keep government running for a month after the current budget expires .

Negotiations on the new tax code and a new budget are not expected to be complete by the time the budget year ends on June 30, necessitating a temporary budget to keep government running.

The continuing resolution, as the short-term budget is called, would allow spending up to 95 percent of the current level.

Community college tuition and fees will go up. Those increases are in both House and Senate budgets, said Sen. Pete Brunstetter, a Senate chief budget writer.

The bill increases the Medicaid budget rescue appropriation from $451 million to $496 million. Payouts on Medicaid claims are running higher than expected, Brunstetter said.

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