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Downsizing State Government

Channel Image Podcast channel of Paul Curtman- author, statesman and Marine Corps veteran. Paul Curtman served in the United Staes Marine Corps for several years as an infantryman, worked in the investment industry and holds a bachelors degree in political science. Paul currently represents the people of the 109th district in Missouri's General Assembly. www.paulcurtman.com
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Broadcast 3 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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Remarks on local control, the minimum wage and sound money.


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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Emerging digital technology has made it easier for us to communicate with our friends and family, but it has also made it much too easy for our own government to listen in on those communications. When we send messages to friends, family and co-workers we have the reasonable expectation that those communications are private, whether they go through the post office or our internet provider...


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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If you give a tax break to huge corporate interests but then turn around only to refuse to give a tax break to the people ................ .....................................you might be a politician.


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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Consider this: If we know that drug courts provide significantly better outcomes, such as reducing recidivism as well as reducing reliance on social service programs than those who are just sent to prison, where would you rather your tax dollars be spent? Moreover, where should the money for the drug courts come from come from?


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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For one, it doesn’t seem prudent to take money from people and then use it paying membership dues as if we were a private business. And of course there’s the obvious conflict of interest we create by basically funding ...


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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There’s a company business slogan that says something to the effect of “We’ll leave the lights on for you”. Unfortunately, that phrase rings all too true at the Missouri Capitol Building. The lights are always on, the escalators ...


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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Debating about cars isn’t the most popular policy area, but consider this: every dollar wasted on an unnecessary expense is a dollar the government shouldn’t have taken from you in the first place and its a dollar that leaves our local economy because it is consumed by government bureaucracy.


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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Missouri currently has over 200 boards and commissions. Many of these are defunct and in all there are over 1,300 vacancies on these boards leading me to believe, among other things, that we have a MUCH bigger government than we really need.


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Broadcast 4 years ago at Union, MO, USA
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In todays Podcast I would like to offer a perspective on “Rightsizing” State Government through Auditing. Those who founded this state knew early on that an unchecked bureaucracy could give rise to practices that were less than efficient and in some cases wasteful, abusive, or even outright illegal. To address this concern, our state's constitution provides...


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Broadcast 5 years ago
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We all want Boeing to come to Missouri but it is important that we carefully deliberate the details of the bill and not respond on emotion or impulse. People hear the word "jobs" and immediately attach orthemselves to a "jobs bill" but in many cases they never define their terms let alone read the bill and crunch the numbers. Do we still approve a "jobs bill" even if it shifts a tremendous tax burden on to the rest of the state causing small business and families to somehow make up for it? ........


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