Capitol Media Services and the East Valley Tribune have reported that while the state is suffering from massive cuts, the Governor, House and Senate still have money left over. Unlike other agencies, their appropriations don't lapse, so they get to keep their money, even if they haven't spent it. Staffers rejoice, while your friends in other departments may feel the heat, there will be plenty of money to keep you around!
Here is how much each of them is carrying over from previous years:
Governor - $1.1 million
State Senate - $1.5 million
State House - $9.1 million
The House fund goes all the way back to 2001. It doesn't say how far back the other two funds go, but one would guess that the Governor's will be spent before 2010 rolls around. If these folks wanted to give money away and sweep funds, they should have started with their own, or at least taken bigger cuts than the mandated 5% reduction.
Its like telling everyone else to use their credit cards to buy peanut-butter and jelly sandwhiches while the Governor and the legislature tie the napkin around their necks and dig into their steak.