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Capitol Quotes: April 23, 2010

“If he doesn’t have the courage to vote his conscience, that’s Konopnicki’s problem, not mine.” — Sen. Russell Pearce, on Rep. Bill Konopnicki’s comments that he had problems with S1070, but felt obligated to vote for it nonetheless.

“The governor probably doesn’t want to see this thing show up on her desk. Then she avoids the whole issue. Then you don’t have that schizophrenic tax behavior.” — Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, commenting on the dilemma that Gov. Jan Brewer faces with her support for a sales tax increase and the possibility of a bill giving tax cuts to business landing on her desk.

“I’m not your guy for employer sanctions. If you want employer sanctions you’ve got to go somewhere else. That is a failure on the part of the feds that has made you the policeman.” — Republican gubernatorial candidate Buz Mills, speaking to the Arizona Farm Bureau on April 8.

“That was a misstatement. … If you spent as many days giving speeches, unfortunately sometimes you get your words mixed up.” — Camilla Strongin, Mills’ campaign manager, explaining Mills’ comments on employer sanctions.

“That, by itself, is not a jobs bill.”
— Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s “jobs package,” which doesn’t include the corporate tax cuts favored by the chamber.

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