Philadelphia, January 28, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Tonight, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to making America a nation of fairness, opportunity and hope for every citizen.
I want to applaud President Obama for his proposal to increase the federal minimum wage – an increase that would lift many out of poverty and increase our nation’s prosperity. This is an opportunity to grow the middle class and reduce the cost of poverty that weighs heavy on our nation.
I also want to praise the President for his continued support of college affordability and training programs for in-demand jobs.
The President made clear his belief that a strong country is built on a growing economy and well-educated workforce. And, he emphasized that we can only get there and achieve the success we hope for, if we work together.
Partnership is the key to our future. In Philadelphia, we rely on our partners everyday to address the challenges that hold us back. We partner with local businesses and philanthropic organizations and the state and federal government on everything from public safety to neighborhood revitalization. Philadelphia’s recent designation as a Promise Zone is an excellent example of the change we can create when we work together. Now, we need Congress to work with President Obama.
I am looking forward to a year of positive action and growth for Philadelphia and the nation.”