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Capitol Quotes: April 8, 2011

“Why does it matter? This accomplishes the same thing.” — Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson, when asked why the governor and Legislature opted not to use a direct statute change to restore organ transplants for AHCCCS patients.

“Everybody is in the Fiesta Bowl. Everybody has been touched in one way or the other. But the important thing is that the Fiesta Bowl is really, truly an institution in Arizona.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, on why she doesn’t believe she has a conflict of interest in appointing a panel to repair the Fiesta Bowl’s image, despite the involvement of two of her advisers and her son with the bowl game.

“The sun will come up tomorrow if you voted ‘no’ on all of them.” — Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, referring to bills on the third-reading calendar and arguing it’s time for the Legislature to adjourn sine die.

“Students have a right to be equitably supported and taxpayers have a right to be equitably burdened for education.” — Lisa Graham Keegan, former superintendent of public instruction, on a lawsuit filed by charter school students seeking equal funding as traditional school students.

‘You can imagine how much pot has to be smoked for us to get $10 million in (sales taxes).” — Sen. Andy Biggs, on estimates medical marijuana sales taxes would bring in $10 million in fiscal year 2012.

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