The Associated Press

Sen. Brown Backs Extension of Payroll Tax Cut

BOSTON — Sen. Scott Brown is endorsing what is expected to be a key element of President Obama’s plan to revive the economy.

Brown issued a statement Wednesday saying he will support an extension of the payroll tax cut.

Obama is expected to include the one-year extension in a larger $300 billion package of cuts and spending for 2012.

Brown called the extension “a policy that we should all support” as lawmakers seek a bipartisan solution to the nation’s economic woes.

The Massachusetts Republican said the country should also be looking for longer-term fixes, including moving ahead with trade agreements, removing unnecessary regulations, streamlining the tax code, and providing businesses with incentives to grow.

The White House is considering tax incentives for businesses that hire workers.

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