Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio has focused his campaign, almost exclusively, on boosting small business and the local economy - though he hasn't offered much by way of detailed plans. Rival Patrick Lynch tries to carve out his own territory here with the rollout of the beginnings of an economic plan that focuses on small business and a job training initiative he's calling ReTool Rhode Island.
Some of this stuff is eye-glazing economic policy, but Lynch can claim he's offering a detailed plan. And he should have at least one strong talking point: an initiative that offers two years of job-training education at a community college, in a technical certification course, or through an apprenticeship program (which, of course, involves labor unions - a key constituency for Lynch in the Democratic primary). He is also proposing job-training courses specifically tailored to the needs of companies that pledge to create at least 20 jobs.
Ball is in Caprio's court.