Monday, January 27, 2014

Week Ahead: State of the Union, Biden visit, county charter review

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:15 AM

President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

National media speculate that the address will focus on the economy, income inequality and the federal minimum wage, and immigration reform. It seems likely that he’d also address the ongoing successes and problems with the Affordable Care Act.

On income inequality, specifically, the president may warn that he’ll use executive actions if Congress doesn’t act, says a Politico article. What actions Obama wants Congress to take, and what executive actions he could take on his own, aren’t spelled out in the article.

In fact, a report in the Washington Post says that Obama may try to distance himself from Congress and use the speech to focus on what he can do at the executive level.

On Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will speak at Monroe Community College.

At the moment, few details are available. The White House website lists no public events on Biden’s schedule for Wednesday. Media reports say the Bidens will talk about education and work force development.

Whether the event will be open to the public is also not clear.

The Monroe County Legislature’s Charter Review Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Watts Conference Center, 49 South Fitzhugh Street.

The commission is examining the county charter, which is the law that established the county government and laid out its organization. The group last met at the end of August. Each of the committee’s members, which include county legislators and some attorneys active in Republican politics, is researching an assigned area of the charter.

Issues addressed in the charter include the county budget process, the County Legislature’s size, and term limits for legislators and the county executive. Jeremy Moule 

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