BOSTON (AP) - The economy in Massachusetts may be faring better than the rest of the country, but it's still far behind the boom years of the late 1990s when the state enjoyed dwindling unemployment and surging revenues.
The issue hasn't been front and center in the U.S. Senate race that will be decided in a special election this month. But that could change.
Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey have started hammering home their positions on the best way to help accelerate Massachusetts' modest but ongoing recovery.
Their proposals can be hard to distinguish at times. On taxes, for instance, both candidates are against taking a "no new taxes" pledge and both want some kind of comprehensive tax reform.