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Capitol Quotes: April 20, 2012

“If we were acting that way, we would have stripped the court of money a long time ago.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, denying that a proposed $10 million sweep of a Supreme Court fund was in retaliation for legal decisions lawmakers didn’t like.

“If these kinds of trends continue, it will require us to have a very different conversation about the operation and construct of our child welfare system.” — DES Director Clarence Carter on an alarming increase in the number and severity of child abuse cases.

“It’s an election year. They have to go help their primary voters feel happy that they’re attacking the federal government sufficiently.” — Rep. Steve Farley on the supporters of a bill that would demand the federal government turn over federally controlled lands to the state.

“A lot of legislators have tried to leverage this governor over the years and they usually find that it doesn’t work so well.” — Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, on speculation that legislative Republicans are negotiating a budget deal with the Democrats to gain more leverage with the governor.

“If my bill passed and they weren’t going to expand, it would have been out of spite, not for any business reason.” — Sen. John McComish, questioning Safelite Auto Glass’ sincerity in saying it was halting the planned expansion of its Chandler facility due to proposed legislation.

“If members chose to go that way, they have to remember that the governor will veto all our bills from now on. So she has the upper hand. She has the same clout in one pen that we have in 30.” — Sen. President Steve Pierce, commenting on the idea of Republicans negotiating a budget deal with Democrats, and perhaps later overriding a gubernatorial veto.

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