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Capitol Quotes: May 9, 2014

“Just because I’m the whip doesn’t mean that I count the votes on every single bill that goes up (for a vote).” — House Republican Whip Rick Gray, responding to criticism of his vote counting in the House this year.

“I think there’s a really good chance that a decision was made somewhere up the chain that some heads had to roll and that was the way this thing was going to end.” — Attorney Terry Woods, claiming five fired Child Protective Services workers were scapegoats for problems involving uninvestigated cases at the agency. 

“When you think about it, they have put a lot of money into this agency and have not seen results. And that’s problematic.” — Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, on problems plaguing Child Protective Services even after it received infusions of state money.

“It’s a compelling success story for the majority, how they continue to look at true education reform and how we are putting those dollars into our schools… That’s the good news that we’re not getting out or the press doesn’t want it to get out.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin on education funding in Arizona, and how the press doesn’t give Republicans credit.

“You hear all the time that we’re 47th in spending, and that’s kind of interesting, but what does that really mean? When I ran those numbers it was kind of an ‘oh crap’ moment. We’re not just a little in the hole, we’re a lot in the hole.” — Dan Hunting, senior analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, saying the state would need $3.4 billion a year to get up to the national average for per-pupil spending on education.

“I was put under an official position, but it was voiced to me several times that I was there for campaigning reasons.” — Sarah Beattie, former staffer for Attorney General Tom Horne, who said she and other employees on his office staff were hired specifically to do campaign work.

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