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President Promises Help For Economy, Education And Immigration

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Minimum wage, immigration reform and education are just a few of the variety of topics touched on during President Obama's annual State of the Union address.

The president addressed the nation Tuesday night in his 5th State of the Union address.

President Obama announced that he'll use the powers of his office to help grow the economy while finding a way around the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Obama declared that he will bypass that gridlock "whenever and wherever" he can.

"After all, that's the spirit that has always moved this nation forward," said President Obama. "It's the spirit of citizenship, the recognition that through hard work and responsibility, we can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well."

The president focused less on declaring new initiatives, instead he focused on announcing plans for executing his old ones.

He declared that he would help the long-term unemployed find work, expand job training programs and raise the minimum wage for new federal contracts.

"Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here," said President Obama. 
"Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10. This will help families. It will give businesses customers with more money to spend. It doesn't involve any new bureaucratic program. So join the rest of the country. Say yes. Give America a raise."

The new CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra and Detroit Manufacturing Systems Founder, Andra Rush watched the speech alongside the First Lady.

The president praised the two Michigan business leaders as he described his plans to re-strengthen America's manufacturing industry and the need for specialized training.

President Obama said, "today Detroit Manufacturing Systems has more than 700 employees and what Andra and her employees experienced is how it should be for every employer and every job seeker."

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