PLBC endorses key State of the Union ideas

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 –  Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday evening, state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and its membership expressed support for many of the ideas proposed by the president.

"The president's plan for 2015 reflects many of the goals of the PLBC," Brown said. "The needs he addressed Tuesday mirror the needs that we have been fighting for in Pennsylvania.

"It is imperative that we afford our children and young adults a solid educational base to develop careers that can provide living wages for a family. That need for quality education starts at the pre-K level and extends to an affordable college education. Two paid years at a local community college would provide a significant start toward the end of successfully pursuing and obtaining a higher education. Equally as important, it would assist in reducing the cost of our young people’s student loans, while also providing them with the job skills necessary to compete in the 21st century."

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, House Democratic Caucus secretary and D-Phila., said, “President Obama and Gov. Tom Wolf both laid out an agenda that focuses on putting people first. We need to have policies that raise the minimum wage, provide paid sick and maternity leave for all workers, and fund our schools so that students can get a valued education. We need to help those who are working and raising families to not just chase the American dream, but finally catch up and make it a reality. With Gov. Wolf in office here in Pennsylvania, we have the opportunity to help folks, and hopefully our colleagues across the aisle will stand with us to put people first.”

Brown said, "The PLBC will work with our new governor as well as with Republicans in the both the House and Senate chambers to develop policies that can improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians."