Politically Speaking: Rep. Curtman On Downsizing Government, Boeing And Taxes

Dec 19, 2013

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. 

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State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, is this week’s guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, which this week features regulars Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies as hosts. Chris McDaniel is on assignment.

Curtman, 32, is a second-term member of the Missouri House, with his district representing part of Franklin County.  He’s also a former Marine, serving from 1999 to 2003 on active duty.  Two of his close friends in the Marines died in Iraq, which Curtman says has affected his approach toward life and politics.

A financial advisor, he has made a name in the state House as a specialist on budget and fiscal issues. During the podcast, he discussed:

  • The recommendations of his special committee charged with proposing ways to downsize state government.
  • His proposals for revamping the state’s income tax code, which Curtman notes has had the same rates since the 1930s.
  • His thoughts on the special session aimed at luring Boeing's 777X.

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