Tonight President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union speech and roll out his initiatives for the year. During tonight’s speech, Mr. Obama will announce his upcoming executive order that will raise the minimum wage for new federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. The move will affect thousands of low-wage government employees, including janitors and construction workers.
“Boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall,” the White House statement said. “Raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government.”
The President is also expected to call on Congress to replicate his execute order and raise the minimum wage for existing workers and link wage increases to the rise in inflation.
Tonight, Mr. Obama is also expected to address jobs, climate change, immigration, income inequality, education, and his signature program, the Affordable Care Act.