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Capitol Quotes: March 18, 2011

“My first impression is, ‘Wow.’” — Rep. Bob Robson, R-Chandler, reacting to the Senate’s budget proposal.

“I am not happy to play the stern parent today, but I have to do that.” — Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, saying he watched government spending explode in the last few years and adding he also takes responsibility for failing to persuade his colleagues against increasing spending.

“If that’s true, then this budget is the legislative equivalent of cutting your children’s allowance, assigning them more chores and then demanding that they make your truck payment for you.” — Navajo County supervisor David Tenney, using the oft-cited analogy that the state government’s relationship with counties is analogous to a parent-child relationship. County officials are opposed to the Senate budget plan, which passes to local governments some $55 million of the cost of government operations.

“The Senate is at least being honest in the fact that they don’t have a balanced budget. It’s no different from the previous budget that was ‘balanced on paper,’ but was no more balanced than this one.” — Steve Voeller, president of the Free Enterprise Club, on the Senate’s budget package.

“I’m disappointed in the Senate today.” — Sen. Ron Gould on the failure of SB1308 and SB1309 on the Senate floor on March 17. The bills, which Gould sponsored, were aimed at denying U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

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