For more than a year, the Massachusetts Senate candidates have fought over their backgrounds, their stances on abortion, and tax policy. But throughout, both have insisted that unemployment and a state jobless rate that now sits at 6.5 percent, are their top priorities.
Elizabeth Warren says that investments in roads, bridges, school construction, and other public works will stimulate businesses to hire people. Senator Scott Brown says that keeping tax rates low and regulations predictable will give business owners confidence to expand and add workers.
While Brown and Warren’s rhetorical differences are muddled on some issues, on the jobs problem they largely mirror the basic divide between the political parties on the role of government in putting people back to work.
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