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Capitol Quotes: Feb. 18, 2011

“This is the most historic piece of legislation to be considered by the Arizona House and Senate in decades.” — Gov. Jan Brewer on her Feb. 14 announcement of the jobs bill.

“I honestly don’t know.” — OSPB Director John Arnold, when asked whether the jobs bill would generate more revenue than it costs the state.

“I think what you see here in this letter is the federal government and the Obama administration blinking. Arizona said the emperor has no clothes and they (the feds) were trying to bluff their way through it, and they didn’t want to take on the fight.” — House Speaker Kirk Adams, on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ letter informing the governor that Arizona can cut 250,000 people from AHCCCS without a federal waiver.

“No one has actually read this bill completely… No one can actually stand up and defend this bill.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, who opposed the jobs bill.

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