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Capitol Quotes: March 8, 2013

“The underlying bill bites.”  — Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, expressing doubts about a measure that would require a review of all highway construction projects costing more than $15 million by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Capital Review.

“It’s been quite the undertaking.” — Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, on his bills to loosen regulations and instill new life into the state’s funeral industry.

“The human cost of this tragedy can’t be calculated. The financial cost is something we’ve become all too familiar with.’’ — Gov. Jan Brewer, speaking of the financial burden Arizona families face from the costs of uncompensated care for the uninsured.

“The people who are bringing these sheets to us don’t even understand what they have. You have to have a better handle on what you turn in if you’re going to be successful.” — Jim Drake, assistant secretary of state, on the need to reform the way signatures are collected for ballot initiatives.

“As a stone hearted conservative, I appreciate the idea of a corporation that not only is making profit, but also reaching out to its community and helping people at the same time.” — Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, supporting a bill to create “benefit corporations”’ that would strike a balance between for-profit corporations and nonprofits.

“I personally believe that it could be payback. It could be to punish Arizona, make them squirm.’’ — Gov. Jan Brewer, on federal officials’ decision to release hundreds of illegal immigrants who are facing deportation.

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