After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday as he focused on themes that are central to his second-term agenda. The changes he proposed in his annual State of the Union speech were relatively modest, but flashes of ambition showed in his promise to move forward, with or without Congress, to address issues of income inequality.
Here's what President Obama proposed on the policy front:
This weekend, Colorado and seven other states will automatically adjust the hourly minimum wage rate for workers. Colorado's 28 cent increase—to $7.64 per hour—will be the largest ever since voters approved Amendment 42 in 2006.