BY US SENATOR SHERROD BROWN
Middle-class Ohioans have always worked hard and taken responsibility. But for too long, Ohioans have been working harder than ever and barely getting by. In last week’s State of the Union address, the president laid out a plan to grow our economy by growing the middle class. By calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, extend emergency unemployment insurance, train workers for high-growth industries, and pass my bipartisan bill to create a network of manufacturing innovation hubs, the State of the Union address helped focus our attention on what matters: keeping America strong and vibrant for the next generation. And that starts with shoring up the middle class, the foundation on which America’s economic might stands.