“If we can’t be successful within the party, we are going to have to go to the Democrats. They have been perfectly reasonable and trying to help us. I think we need to go to the Democrats. There’s no choice.” - Rep. Lucy Mason, a Republican from Prescott, speaking about budget negotiations.
“I voted for it. I’ve tried to convince other members to vote for it, and we have come up short. And so I don’t know what else to do at this particular point in time.” - Senate President Bob Burns, commenting on the failure of the ballot referral for a sales tax increase.
“It’s been a dead horse for a long time, and we have been beating it for a long time trying to bring it to life.” - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray, commenting on the budget package.
“Why am I even here?” - Sen. Ron Gould, commenting on the limits put on lawmakers to restrict speeches to two minutes during budget hearings Aug. 12.
“I think a lot of people are frustrated, myself included. Does that mean I’m going to run? I don’t know. I haven’t made any decisions. I’m not ruling anything out either. I’m basically thinking about it.” - State Treasurer Dean Martin, speaking on the possibility of running for governor in 2010.
“People are always saying, ‘Brewer, why are you doing this? Why are doing it? You’re ruining your career.’ Well, you know, I don’t care. I live in Arizona too, and we’ve got to do what is right.” - Gov. Jan Brewer, speaking about her tax increase proposal.