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Steelman defends math on Blunt jobs plan

By Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Missouri's former state treasurer says "the numbers work" on the jobs plan proposed by Republican Senate candidate Roy Blunt.

Sarah Steelman helped Blunt draft the plan as the chair of his campaign's small business coalition. Chief among its proposals are a repeal of the health care overhaul and an extension of the Bush tax credits. The plan also identifies $2 billion in cuts.

Extending the tax cuts would remove $3 billion in revenue from the economy, and a study from the Congressional Budget Office found that changes to the nation's health care system are expected to reduce the deficit by $138 billion over ten years.

Steelman defended Blunt's plan on Wednesday to journalists on a conference call as the best way to bring the deficit under control.

"I think what you're not understanding is that the effect that putting in place policies that eliminate uncertainty is going to have on the economic recovery and creating jobs. And frankly that's the only way that you're going to expand the economy," she said.

Steelman is working on other campaigns besides Blunt's. She called the election a very important one for the country. Blunt and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan are squaring off for the seat held by the retiring Kit Bond