Local reaction to State of Union

Barack Obama

People all across the nation are talking about President Obama’s plan to fight economic inequality. It was just one of the issues he talked about in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The proposal that really has people talking this morning is President Obama’s desire to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. Some say families need an increase to keep up with the cost of living, others say the president’s proposal doesn’t create real economic opportunity

Tuesday night, former Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Len Lenihan and current Erie County Republican Committee Chair Nick Langworthy joined us in the studio to discuss this issue.

Lenihan said, “I think one of the things the president did tonight that was most interesting was show the disconnect between the average lives of working people in this country, and the Congress.”

Langworthy said, “I think you see a continuation of the president’s misguided priorities. Instead of trying to create an economy with jobs that actually create careers, he’s focused on on minimum wage.”

Lenihan added that the president’s proposal will help get people out of poverty in America. Langworthy countered that the president’s focus on minimum wage shows he doesn’t know how to create jobs.

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