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Capitol Quotes: May 3, 2013

Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association

Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

“We’re certainly not out of the woods here.  There’s storm clouds out in ’15 and ’16 that need to be recognized.” — Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, suggesting lawmakers shouldn’t use up the state’s rainy day fund on Medicaid costs.

“These right-wing guys are big on private property rights… but when it comes to a gun, they call it a community asset.” — Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, defending the city’s gun buyback program.

“The ballot is going to be incredibly long, and people will get tired of it. Somewhere at the bottom, we (local candidates) get lost.” — Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, observing that municipal elections shouldn’t be lumped together with state and federal elections.

“That’s the problem I’m trying to solve, I don’t want the price rising on health care.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, saying any bill to expand Medicaid in Arizona has to ensure that the prices of health care procedures do not continue to rise.

“I think the governor is on track. And whether we realize it or not, it’s all happening the way it’s supposed to happen.” — Lobbyist Stan Barnes, a Republican who served in the House in the 1990s, saying passing something as complicated as Medicaid expansion takes much time and patience.

“So under that logic, I’m a net zero.” — Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, noting that he supports one of Gov. Jan Brewer’s top priorities and opposes another, and that she recently signed one of the bills he sponsored and vetoed another.

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