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Capitol Quotes: March 9, 2012

“I saw it last year and I just looked at it and went, ha! I’m not going to, you know, report… I mean I don’t think most people realize it’s even there. I mean it was a surprise to me.” — Sen. Lori Klein, an Anthem Republican, scoffing at a line on the income tax return requiring people to pay a use tax for online purchases.

“It’s exactly what we said was going to happen. Whether it’s the Legislature that does it or whether it’s an outside group that comes in and hijacks it, you’re never going to see that 1 percent go away. That’ll be a forever tax.” — Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, on the 2010 warnings of Prop. 100 opponents that the 1-cent sales tax increase would eventually be made permanent.

“However, they continue to bring her bills to the floor – Senator Klein’s — and they continue to get shot down. They need to stop moving her bills to the floor and stop embarrassing her. Seriously.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat, after watching one of Sen. Lori Klein’s bills fail by a vote of 2-to-26

“Why do you need a lawyer sitting there? Do you expect to get sued at every meeting?” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, questioning why the Independent Redistricting Commission had its two attorneys attend every meeting.

“Nobody goes on a roof to steal aluminum cans.” — Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, voicing his objections on March 5 to HB2395, which forces aluminum can recyclers to comply with the same requirements imposed on scrap metal dealers in an effort to reduce the theft of copper.

“Don’t worry. I’ve just got a few softballs for you.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, to IRC Executive Ray Bladine before the March 8 House Appropriations Committee hearing on the commission’s request for additional funding.


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