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State of the Union aftermath

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 29 2014 09:09:49 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 09:41:33 PM CST

President Obama vowed to act alone in order to boost the minimum wage for federal contract workers during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

President Obama vowed to act alone in order to boost the minimum wage for federal contract workers during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

But the announcement could end up being more of a political move rather than policy based.

The order will go into effect in 2015 and will only impact new federal contracts, not current ones.

With only a fraction of the estimated two million federal contract workers making minimum wage, there's also the question on whether such an announcement by the president is even worth it.

“It could have some effect on individuals but not nearly the type of reach that a law passed by Congress would have that would apply to all businesses in the United States,” said Chris Borick, professor of political science and director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion.

This latest executive order could only worsen an already fractured relationship between the president and Congress?

“There's a real ideological battle of the effectiveness of this and you can see the division once again between Congress and GOP leadership and the president. It's probably not going to be resolved in this next year and perhaps not even in the remainder of his term in office,” said Borick.