TROY, N.Y. - A New York State Supreme Court judge on Friday extended a restraining order placed on the state's multibillion transportation bonding program and said he will soon decide the merits of a case challenging the state's use of appropriated debt to finance its capital needs.

Judge Edward O. Spain of the state Supreme Court in Rensselaer County said a temporary restraining order imposed in May on the transportation bonding program will continue until he can decide the outcome of a lawsuit filed by taxpayer activist Robert L. Schulz.

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