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    Highlights of the Senate candidates’ plans for job growth

    Jobs plans

    Both candidates say putting people back to work is their top priority. Brown has an eight-point plan, which is he says would find some common ground with either President Obama or Mitt Romney. Warren offers a seven-point “Rebuild Now Plan,” as well as numerous other policies on her website. Here are some highlights of what both say they want to do.

    Scott Brown

    Small businesses: Repeal the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices included in Obama’s health care law.

    Job training: Give those on unemployment insurance the option to receive paid, on-the-job training at private businesses.


    Women entrepreneurs: Allow­ female-owned small businesses to receive noncompetitive federal contracts in some cases.

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    Manufacturing: Lower corporate tax rates and offer tax credits for firms that bring business activities back to the United States from overseas.

    Clean energy: Extend tax credits for wind energy.

    Balanced budget: Pass a balanced budget amendment to signal certainty and stability for businesses.

    Keystone pipeline: Approve oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas.


    Chinese trade: Empower president to more aggressively combat Chinese trade practices deemed unfair.

    Elizabeth Warren

    Transportation: Invest $50 billion to upgrade airports, air traffic control programs, roads, and transit.

    Schools: Spend $30 billion to modernize 35,000 public schools, including upgrades to technology, asbestos removal, energy efficiency.

    Wireless broadband: Spend $10 billion to make high-speed wireless available to 98 percent of Americans.

    National infrastructure bank: Leverage public and private money to finance projects.


    Sustainable communities: Offer grants for transportation and affordable housing.

    Highway money for transit: Loosen current restrictions so more federal transportation money can be used for rail and bus projects.

    Commuter tax breaks: Raise limit on tax-free employee benefit for mass transit from $125 per month to $230.

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