SAN FRANCISCO - With no end in sight to the legislative quagmire that has left California without a state budget six weeks into the fiscal year, a slightly better-than-expected July has given decision makers a two-week reprieve before they have to decide on how to borrow money to shore up the state's cash position.

"For the second consecutive month, total receipts exceeded the most recent estimates, while state spending was less than anticipated," State Controller John Chiang said in a statement when his office released its monthly cash balance report Friday.

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