State senators voted Thursday night to adopt their own spending plan for the coming fiscal year, a plan that is different than one already approved by the House.
The nearly $10.1 billion proposal includes a late addition by Senate President Ken Bennett, R-Prescott: $529,000 for the Arizona Historical Foundation to preserve the papers of former U.S. senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
Judy Eisenhower, who lobbies for the private group, said those papers were never properly preserved and are deteriorating. The money, she said, would be used to “digitize’’ the materials, preserving the images on computers.
The appropriation got the attention of Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City. He sought to strip it out of the budget.
“I’m trying to honor the memory of Barry Goldwater,’’ Gould said, explaining the Arizona icon was known as a champion of limited government. “I think Barry would want this done with private donations.’’
Gould’s effort to strip the appropriation failed.