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Capitol Quotes, Dec. 17, 2010

“We can’t just give the Legislature the finger and ignore them. They raised some legitimate concerns, although antagonistically.” — Mick Rusing, a member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, on having to convene again after Republican legislative leaders complained about the slate of nominees sent to them.

“To be honest, we came up with a pretty good list.” — Dewey Schade, a member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, responding to complaints by Republican legislative leaders against the slate of potential Independent Redistricting Commission appointees sent to them.

“I don’t think voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans to go to the Capitol and hand out favors to certain industries and further distort the tax code.” — Steve Voeller, president of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a conservative, pro-market group rallying against targeted tax incentives.

“We are a capitalistic society. Whether we like it or not, government itself follows the capitalistic rules as much as the private sector.” — Sen. John Nelson, who tried in the last session to extend tax credits to filmmakers.

“When government is involved in this way, that makes it a crony capitalist society, and I don’t want that.” — Byron Schlomach, an economist with the Goldwater Institute, arguing that targeted tax cuts are a bad idea.

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