The economy makes one choose strange bedfellows when it comes to using the stimulus package to keep the states financially solvent. Follow link to article click on title.
Republican governor's from Schwarzenegger to Christ realize they need the money to help out their own states, contrary to the popular opinion of the Republicans in Congress.
When one is drowning, any hand reaching out to help is very welcome regardless of the source or the intent. Each state had leveraged its strengths during the tremendous economic growth spurt which in turn became the Achilles heel of their respected economies.
The economy continues in the down cycle and will not get better until the perception (which is realality)of the people and the business climate declare we are on the road to recovery.