- President Obama's declaration that he would take unilateral action if partisan gridlock prevented progress in the coming year worried many.
- Obama's commitment to raising the minimum wage could mean a lot for Idaho's workers. Idaho has the highest percentage of the population earning minimum wage in the nation, so a boost to that rate could jump start the state economy.
- Republican Congressional leaders, on the other hand, worry that mandated pay raises could hurt small business in Idaho.
- The lack of focus on health care reform was also a sore point for Idaho residents, for whom the high price of health insurance is a major hurdle.
Overall, it's hard to tell what the President's agenda will have in store for Idaho residents. A focus on increasing quality of life for minimum wage workers brings new hope for the coming year, but caution from our representatives keeps optimism at bay.