Tax credits, highway funds in Senate jobs bill

February 4, 2010

Editing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh,

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a nervous eye on the November congressional elections, Senate Democrats will unveil tax credits and other proposals on Thursday that aim to bring down the nation’s double-digit unemployment rate.

The package will include tax credits to spur hiring and equipment purchases, along with incentives for states to ramp up construction projects, an aide said on Wednesday.

It could also extend soon-to-expire programs that provide unemployment aid and healthcare subsidies for the jobless, the aide said on condition of anonymity.

With Friday’s jobs report expected to show a rise in the unemployment rate to 10.1 percent, Democrats in Congress say job creation is their top priority this year.

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