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Capitol Quotes: Dec. 10, 2010

“This is still Senator Pearce’s baby, no pun intended.” – Rep. John Kavanagh, when asked to comment on Russell Pearce’s birthright-citizenship bill.

“I’m just saying our priorities are mixed up when we’ll spend $83,000 for less than 1,000 kids per year in juvenile corrections, and we spend less than $10,000 per child in regular education.” – Outgoing Sen. David Braswell, during a Dec. 6 hearing regarding the Department of Juvenile Corrections.

“I don’t know what the Democrats are asking for. It’s hard to get past them accusing us of being executioners to really evaluate what they’re saying.” – Rep. John Kavanagh, on Democrats’ demand that Gov. Jan Brewer and the Legislature restore Medicaid funding for transplant patients.

“Don’t go into a market unless you can be at the absolute upper tier.” – Bruce James, managing partner and CEO of the Denver-based law and lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, which will open a Phoenix office in January.

“Rather than allowing corporate recipients to hide the government financial assistance they are receiving, public officials in all states should embrace the guiding principle of our age: There’s an app for that.” – Philip Mattera, author of a report by D.C.-based Good Jobs First, which rates states based on their online disclosure of government subsidies to private businesses.

“State legislators are being realistic about the budget situations facing their states. But how they balance their budgets could be filled with as many twists and turns as the latest Harry Potter movie.” – William Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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