WASHINGTON (WPRI) — In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama focused heavily on middle class economics.
The president said a Rhode Island company was an example of how it is leading the way in giving workers more opportunities to earn higher paying jobs.
CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo, who was a guest of the first lady, earned respect in the national spotlight at the State of the Union address.
President Obama asked more businesses to follow the company’s lead and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships.
Obama said this offers workers the chance to earn higher paying jobs even if they do not have a higher education.
Congressman Jim Langevin released a statement to us after the speech, which read in part, “the challenges facing our nation are great, but so too are the opportunities, and we cannot let these opportunities go to waste. I believe we can seize this moment and put our country back on sound economic footing. We can restore the public trust in government and make the middle class stronger than ever.”
Representative David Cicilline also weighed in on his thoughts following the President’s address.
“What we can do (is) work together in a bi-partisan way to move this country forward and make sure we have an economy that benefits hard working middle class families,” said Rep. David Cicilline. “We’ve seen wages remain stagnant, people are working harder without seeing their wages go up. Things are still tough.”