What Main Street had to say about Obama’s speech

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President Barack Obama focused heavily on the “new economy” and hit on worker protections right out of the gate in his final State of the Union address, while touting the spirit of American entrepreneurship.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the sequester after a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House in Washington March 1, 2013. Obama pressed the U.S. Congress on Friday to avoid a government shutdown when federal spending authority runs out on March 27, saying it is the “right thing to do.” REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

The speech came at a time when worker rights and benefits have been a key focus on the 2016 campaign trail, and cities and states are taking matters like paid leave and wage increases into their own hands.

“This year I plan to lift up the many businesses who’ve figured out that doing right by their workers, ends up being good for their shareholders, their customers and their communities, so that we can spread those best practices across America,” Obama told the nation Tuesday night, after mentioning plans to continue advocating for equal paid, paid leave and a higher minimum wage.

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