President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

State of the Union addresses paid sick leave, minimum wage

President Obama suggests moves some in the restaurant industry say could burden small businesses

President Barack Obama made an aggressive plea Tuesday for bolstering the middle class in his annual State of the Union address, suggesting moves that some in the restaurant industry say could burden small businesses.

Speaking to a Republican-controlled Congress, Obama called for tax cuts for low- and middle-income families, as well as paid sick leave and an increase of the minimum wage.

American businesses have added 11.2 million private-sector jobs in the past five yea

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