Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Comments on State of the Union Address

January 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Following President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) released the following statement:

“Tonight, President Obama’s speech focused on growing our economy ‘from the middle.’ The average American employee would have to work 257 years to make what a typical Fortune 500 CEO makes in a year. It is long past time to address income inequality in our country; something that I have been working on in California where we passed legislation to incentivize companies to decrease the disparity between workers and CEOs.

We must continue on this path by coming together to restore the middle class. Working families should be guaranteed a livable wage and paychecks should go farther. By 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. Education should be more affordable and accessible for students in California and across the country, and investments in job training are necessary to keep good paying jobs here at home. I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to increase economic opportunity for all,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).