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Capitol Quotes: May 4, 2012

“The only people who get perfect budgets are monarchs and dictators.” — Rep. John Kavanagh touting the FY13 budget.

“I’ve seen some very radical doctrines. But I’ve never seen something like this get this far.” — Rep. Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, during the vote on HCR2004, which asks voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to declare that the state has sole authority over its land and resources.

“No good can come after the budget has been passed.” — Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel reform bill and her belief that the Legislature should have adjourned sine die once the budget was passed.

“The Republicans did not do well in redistricting. That happens. Get better organized next time.” — Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, during the debate over whether the Legislature should challenge the authority of the Independent Redistricting Commission.

“You should have been better organized before the last election. Then you wouldn’t have a superminority.” — Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, in response to Gallego.

“This must be a first. You have the state of Arizona and the Obama administration working together and making sure that additional children are being served by these three hospitals.” — Congressman Ed Pastor, on an agreement between the state and the feds on funding for KidsCare.

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