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Capitol Quotes: June 7, 2013

“We’re close enough on the budget, not all the I’s are dotted or T’s are crossed, but I think it’s close enough and we just need to get it out there.’’ — House Speaker Andy Tobin, on the budget and Medicaid expansion.

“If (Medicaid expansion) is on the budget, a majority of the majority will not vote for it. And then the governor needs to decide if she’s willing to sign a Democrat budget in a state that is all Republican.’’ — Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria, saying most Republicans won’t vote for any part of the budget if it includes Medicaid expansion.

“There is speculation, misinformation, fears, whatever, about who is going to be winners and losers, but nobody knows, and we don’t know why.” — Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, saying it’s time to go ahead with sales tax reform in Arizona even though it won’t make everyone happy.

“They’ve taken enough hits over the past few years. I don’t think we should be putting any more on them.” — Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, saying sales tax reform should not take money from Arizona cities.

“Ideally, the best possible solution to this situation is for Sheriff Arpaio to immediately resign… We understand that’s something he’s not likely to do, so we don’t just come here to make a bold statement, we come here with a plan B as well.” — Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus leader Rep. Martin Quezada, explaining why the sheriff’s critics proposed a remediation plan as an alternative to getting him to resign.

“It’s June. It’s time.’’ — Matthew Benson, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, on resolving the state budget and Medicaid expansion.

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