While you were watching The Game, the rest of the country was watching Barack Obama handle his biz.
While State Of The Union addresses can be boring, Obama spiced his up with jokes and good points. But if you were busy or barely paying attention here are the 10 points to keep an eye on from his speech. Now you can sound smart when you talk about it.
Additional tax breaks for companies that create jobs in or move them to the United States. Even bigger breaks for high-tech companies, and financing help for manufacturers locating in economically hard-hit areas.
Support for partnerships between companies and community colleges to train workers for new careers, all coordinated through a single government program.
Rewards for effective schools, coupled with encouragement to follow their own curricula and methods. State laws that require students to stay in school until graduation or age 18. Extend college tuition tax credit and double the number of work-study jobs over the next five years.
Beefed-up border protection, combined with a law to create a path for undocumented immigrant students to become legal U.S. citizens.
Tax relief for small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs. Regulation reform for small businesses.
Opening of offshore gas and oil fields to exploration and production. Support for domestic natural gas production, with regulations on chemicals used in the extraction process. Passage of clean energy tax credits and an end to subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Development of enough clean energy on public land to power 3 million homes. Help for manufacturers to reduce energy waste in factories.
Reform of the tax code that includes the so-called Buffett rule, a minimum 30% tax rate for individuals whose income exceeds $1 million. No tax increases for anyone earning less than $250,000.
Support for a mortgage refinancing program for all “responsible” homeowners, funded by “a small fee” on large financial institutions.
Continuing international pressure on Iran to scrap its nuclear weapons program.