State of the Union

On Tuesday January 24, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama gave his State of the Union address to Congress.

Below are 10 Key Points from President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address (via CBS News)

  1. A call to impose the “Buffett rule” (If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes; if you make under $250,000 a year your taxes shouldn’t go up)
  2. Call for extension of mandatory school attendance age (youth must stay in school until they either graduate or turn 18)
  3. Creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit (to investigate unfair international trading practices)
  4. Commitment to increase job training (by partnering community colleges with local businesses)
  5. Urge for immigration overhaul (stopping illegal immigration and enhancing the efficiency of the citizenship process)
  6. Establishment of Financial Crimes Unit (to crack down on large-scale fraud)
  7. Creation of prosecutorial unit to protect homeowners from abusive lending
  8. Proposal to help homeowners save on their mortgages (allowing people to refinance at historically low rates)
  9. Push for increase in student aid (extending the tuition tax credit)
  10. Announcement of Defense Department’s clean energy initiative (the Navy plans to purchase enough clean energy capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year)

More Resources on the State of the Union 2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Obama Highlights Education’s Role in Reaching National Policy Goals
The White House – 2012 State of the Union – Enhanced Version Video
USA Today – State of the Union Full Text

State of the Commonwealth Address – Massachusetts

On Monday January 23, 2012 Massachusetts Govenor Deval Patrick gave his State of the Commonwealth (or “State of the State”) Address. The address faced mixed reviews. Democratic leaders say they are working on many initiatives already, but many Republicans felt the address did not focus enough on the commonwealth’s businesses. A major focus of the speech was about Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges. Patrick hopes the centralizing of authority for the community colleges and new emphasis on job training will help enhance these schools. He proposed better cooperation between community colleges and local employers could be the key to giving citizens the skills they need to fill an estimated 120,000 current job openings in the commonwealth.

Click here to view the text of Govenor Deval Patrick’s 2012 State of the State Address in Massachusetts.

Review of the Address:

Patrick Outlines Initiatives in State of the State Address – wbur (npr)
Patrick seeks broad changes for community colleges – The Boston Globe

State of the City Address – Boston

On January 17, 2012 Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave the State of the City address. This address was the Mayor’s 19th annual address and 14th State of the City address. He has given five inaugural addresses.

To view a video of the State of the City Address, click here.
To view the City of Boston Press Release summarizing the address, click here.