RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Lawmakers are making contingency plans since there's no state budget in place with less than a week to go before the North Carolina government year ends.

The Senate Appropriations Committee prepared to meet Tuesday morning to debate and vote on a stop-gap spending proposal that would keep funding government operations starting July 1 as budget talks continue. The Senate, House and Gov. Pat McCrory must agree on the temporary budget extension.
The proposal is needed because legislative leaders haven't made much progress in negotiating a final budget for the next two years. That's because they're trying to first to reach a deal on a tax overhaul, which will guide budget-writers on how much money they have to spend.