CANDIDATES MAKE TAX PLANSChicago — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., called for an “emergency energy rebate” of $1,000 to be offered to families this fall, along with a $50 billion stimulus package to help jump-start job creation.

The Democratic presidential nominee announced the two-part “emergency economic plan” in response to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed a loss of 51,000 jobs in July. Half of the $50 billion stimulus package would go to state governments that are facing large budget shortfalls, while the other half would be used to invest in national infrastructure, replenish the Highway Trust Fund and rebuild crumbling roads, bridges and schools.

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