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

Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

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. 

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.

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter@jmannies

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter@jrosenbaum

Follow Paul Curtman on Twitter: @paulcurtman 


Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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