(Wyoming) — President Obama gave his eighth and final State of the Union address tonight. While the president talked about the big picture, saying he wants to keep America "safe and strong" for the next five to ten years, he also touched on some hot-button issues that matter in Wyoming — issues we have covered on Pitchengine's community news streams. Obama said this nation's leaders must "fix a broken system" in relation to immigration reform, but a survey of Wyoming residents on immigration
shows Wyoming residents are divided on the issue.
The president said the country must protect children from gun violence, but
the Wyoming delegation recently expressed disapproval
of Obama's executive orders on guns.
He briefly discussed the repeal of No Child Left Behind and the new Every
Student Succeeds Act, in which Wyoming is already ahead of the curve
Obama said it is important to raise the minimum wage, and according to the
National Low Income Housing Coalition, to afford a two-bedroom rental in
Wyoming, the minimum wage must be $14.98
also discussed the state of unemployment, where Wyoming is significantly
below the national rate of 5.0 percent
with 4.0 percent unemployment.
The president also talked about health benefits — and Wyoming is among the most
expensive places in the nation to
purchase health insurance.
When addressing international affairs, Obama stated that his number one
priority is to protect American people and go after terrorist networks.
"We need to take them out,” said the president, referring to ISIS, which
Wyoming officials have said have connections in Wyoming
What did you think of President Obama's final State of the Union address?
*Feature photo: Whitehouse.gov / Pitchengine Communities*