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.
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.
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.
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.