Rich and Poor
4:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

President Obama Outlines "Opportunity Agenda" in Connecticut Speech

"No young person should be priced out of an education," President Obama said at CCSU.
"No young person should be priced out of an education," President Obama said at CCSU.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

During his speech at Central Connecticut State University today, President Obama touted his "opportunity agenda," a four-point plan to bridge the gap between rich and poor Americans. Most of the President's speech focused on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the cornerstone of his agenda.

But Obama also promoted the other components of the plan, including guaranteeing every American access to a world class education regardless of the cost. On that count, President Obama praised Connecticut's congressional delegation for their efforts to overhaul the student loan system, and for finding more grant opportunities for prospective college students.

The president also called for more training opportunities that lead to good jobs, and the creation of more quality jobs that pay well. "We can't be satisfied with just recovering the jobs that were lost during the recession," he said. "We've got to build our economy so it's creating a steady supply of good jobs, today, and well into the future. Jobs in high-tech manufacturing, and in energy, and in exports, and in American innovation."