Senators advance bill extending current budget

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senators have advanced a measure to keep government running at current levels if legislators can't finish a budget before the fiscal year starts July 1.

The Senate Finance Committee met Wednesday specifically to send the continuing resolution to the floor.

The Senate is in its second week of debating a $6.3 billion spending plan for state taxes. Much of the debate has centered on funding road construction and buying more school buses. The regular legislative session ends June 6.

If the Senate can wrap up budget arguments Thursday, that leaves two weeks for the House and Senate to hash out their differences.

Last year, a continuing resolution kept government running following a weeks-long budget stalemate between the chambers. It bridged a 5-day gap until the current budget took effect.

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