Obama Debuts $210B Jobs Plan

Democrat proposes $150B for environmental, $60B for infrastructure jobs
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 5:20 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he takes a driving tour of the UAW Plant in Janesville, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democrat Barack Obama today laid out a $210 billion plan to create 2 million environmental and construction jobs over 10 years. “This agenda is paid for,” the Illinois senator said at a General Motors plant in Wisconsin, adding that the money would come from ending the Iraq war, cutting corporate tax breaks, taxing carbon pollution, and hiking taxes on the wealthy.

The AP reports $150 billion would go toward development of eco-friendly energy—so-called “green collar” jobs—and $60 billion to rebuilding highways, bridges, and other infrastructure. Ahead of Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Obama, perhaps out of deference to GM's ongoing troubles, did not say he’d require auto manufacturers to raise fuel-economy standards—despite his regular claim he takes that argument to Detroit.