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Politically Speaking: Rep. Butler On Ethics Reform, Boeing And Crime

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Thefully-merged Politically Speaking crew welcomes Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, to the podcast.

The first-term lawmaker made the transition this year from being a legislative staffer to representing portions of north, central and south St. Louis. In addition to discussing life in the legislature, Butler talked about Gov. Jay Nixon’s latest push for ethics reform, the recent special session to woo Boeing, controversy around state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and his desire to bring state funds for crime prevention.

On the show, Butler said:

  • He may sponsor legislation prompting lawmakers to not vote on bills that impact campaign contributors.
  • While he voted for the incentive package to lure Boeing's 777X to Missouri, he was dismayed by an ancillary deal involving low-income housing tax credits.
  • He is sponsoring state legislation that could bring state funding for the city’s Neighborhood Ownership Model.

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.