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Capitol Quotes: March 2, 2012

“God help us, amen.” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, delivering probably the shortest prayer on the Senate floor in recent history.

“We’re going to turn these guys out in November. Just remember — when it comes to elections, that’s the time of retribution.” — Gary Allen, general vice president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, calling for the ouster of lawmakers who support a package of anti-union bills.

“You really think a company will say, ‘Sure, I’ll expand because you’re going to give me a tax credit, even though I don’t have any demand for my product?’ Yeah, right.” — Economist Tom Rex, of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, on his belief that economic incentives don’t encourage business activity in a recession.

“At least there’s something in there to be talked about and I’m very thankful for that.” — Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Executive Director Ray Bladine, on Rep. John Kavanagh’s proposal to give the IRC an additional $1.1 million in much-needed funding this fiscal year.

“I think we’re going a little bit too far now in terms of thinking about clever ways of subsidizing companies.” — Economist Jim Rounds, of Elliott D. Pollack and Company.

‘Will someone please ask her to yield and ask her what he did wrong?’ — Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, during a March 1 floor debate after Rep. Heather Carter received a large bouquet of flowers.

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