New year brings new priorities for Obama

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From Detroit to Phoenix, to Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S. President Barack Obama spent the past two weeks traveling what he called ‘the road to the state of the union’ as part of an early unveiling his 2015 proposals.

New year brings new priorities for Obama

From Detroit to Phoenix, to Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S. President Barack Obama spent the past two weeks traveling what he called ‘the road to the state of the union’ as part of an early unveiling his 2015 proposals.

“Since I only got two years in office left I’m kind of in a rush, so I didn’t want to wait until the State of the Union to share some of my ideas and some of my plans,” he said.

In Knoxville, Tennessee, he proposed a plan to offer two years of free college tuition for students who “work hard.” Its estimated cost to the government is $60 billion over 10 years.

In Cedar Falls, Iowa, he pledged to tear down barriers to greater access to community broadband Internet services.

Over the weekend, the White House also said Obama would propose a series of tax increases on inheritances and investments for the wealthy as well as on financial firms. He planned to use the savings to offer a new tax credit to families with two working parents, triple the tax credit for very young children, and make it easier for workers to save for retirement.


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CCTV America interviewed Bob Lehrman on President Obama's state of the union address. Lehrman is a professor at American University and also served as a speechwriter for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.