FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said he'll be pushing ways to expand opportunities for all Americans with or without the help of lawmakers.
He said he's going to ask Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, and he wants to expand the earned-income tax credit, which boosts the wages of low-income families through tax refunds.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear attended the speech in Washington D.C. as a guest of the president. The governor says he was invivted because of Kentucky's relative success in enrolling people in healthcare coverage.
"And if you want to know the real impact this law is having, just talk to Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who's here tonight. Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country, but he's like a man possessed when it comes to covering his Commonwealth's families," said Obama about Beshear and the commonwealth.
The president also called on Congress to overhaul immigration laws, and he promised to improve American education at all levels.
Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says the president is wrong when it comes to improving the economy, saying, "Here we are in the sixth year of the Obama economy, after all the borrowing, spending, taxing, and regulating. The state of the economy is not good."
McConnell says Congress needs to pass trade agreements and repeal Obamacare.