During the State of the Union address last night, President Obama made some key statements that could impact many employees, and future employees, across the country.
* “I propose a Fix-It-First program to put people to work soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the 70,000 deficient bridges.”
* “Let’s declare no one who works full time should have to live in poverty and raise minimum wage to $9 an hour.”
* “I ask this Congress to declare women should earn a living equal to their efforts & pass Paycheck Fairness Act.”
* “Create H.S. classes focused on science, technology engineering and math, the skills today’s employer are looking for.”
* “Now is not the time to gut investments in science and innovation, we need to make those investments.”
* “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions to reduce pollution and prepare for climate change” and speed to development of alternative energy such as wind and solar.
Jobs created as investments are made in the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Wages finally boosted so that workers who work full time aren’t among the ranks of the poor. Equal pay for women. Training for employees and kids in STEM careers so the United States can compete globally for jobs. And employment opportunities spurred by investments in alternative energies.
These proposals seem to all make sense, no? The question is, how much of these ambitious proposals will become a reality?