Obama expected to propose business tax changes in State of the Union

Jan. 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama in his State of the Union address is likely to propose tax and spending changes Republicans might support, insiders say.

Obama is scheduled to deliver the speech Tuesday to Congress. No one in the administration has talked on the record about the specifics.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at Friday's briefing the president will address "the need to grow our economy in a way that rewards hard work and responsibility, that makes the middle class more secure."

The Wall Street Journal said Saturday the administration has been more forthcoming at meetings with supporters. One source, described as someone who participated in a briefing, told the Journal the president will discuss changes in business taxes and funding for roads and bridges.

Revenue from the tax changes would be dedicated to infrastructure, the Journal reported. Both an overhaul of business taxes and infrastructure repair are popular with business leaders, which could generate Republican support.

The Journal said Obama is once again likely to call for immigration reform, emphasizing it as a bi-partisan issue.

Carney said the speech is not aimed just to the House and Senate.

"They're physically in the room, but millions of Americans are tuning in and the president is speaking to every American," he said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Israeli military calls up reserves for surprise drill
Kim Jong Un pays respects to China's fallen soldiers
No reports of injuries after 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Alaska
Oklahoma Supreme Court denies rehearing, again orders removal of Ten Commandments statue
Plane crash kills four in Wisconsin