State of the Union address shines spotlight on Kentucky


by Alex Schuman

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 6:29 AM

WASHINGTON (WHAS11) – “It’s you the people who make this union strong,” President Barack Obama said.

President Obama’s 5th State of the Union address portrayed a strong union where he sees growth in jobs and opportunity but also emphasized the need for congress to act on his proposals. 

He says if they continue to refuse, or vote against his ideas - he plans to use executive orders to put some policies into place.

“But America does not stand still and neither will I.  And wherever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that's what I'm going to do," President Obama said.

The president says he will raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 and will try to streamline the permit process so construction projects to improve infrastructure can get started.

"Get those bills to my desk.  Put more Americans back to work," he said.

President Obama also gave some praise to Governor Steve Beshear for his efforts to get people signed up for healthcare through our state website.

"Now Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country.  That's not where I got my highest vote totals.  But he's like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth's families," he added.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell does not think the number of sign-ups mean much because he says most of those people already had insurance.

"Obamacare is wreaking havoc with Kentucky’s economy and for the nation's economy. Unfortunately, the president has doubled down on that."

Both of Kentucky’s senators disagreed that the president's policies are having a positive effect on the country, and that the proposals in his speech - will lead to a stronger union.