WA. State elected leaders express views on President Obama's address

LEWISTON, ID - President Barack Obama mapped out his plans Tuesday night in his State of The Union Address.

His plans are getting a lot of talk around the country, so we talked to local lawmakers from both congress and the Washington state legislature to see that they think.

Legislators across the country are reacting to President Barack Obama's State of the Union. And in the state of, education and minimum wage are topics of concern.

"In the coming weeks I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least ten-dollars and ten-cents an hour," said President Barack Obama.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers represents twelve counties in Washington..including Asotin, Garfield and Whitman counties. She doesn't agree with mandating a federal minimum wage increase.

"As republicans...we advance these plans every day," said McMorris-Rodgers. "Because we believe in a government that trusts people."

Representative Susan Fagan speaks for the people in our ninth district for the state of Washington. She mirrors McMorris-Rodgers thoughts.

"I'm a big believer in the private sector and personal responsibility and less of government," said Rep. Fagan. "I think that works best for everybody."

In regard to education...President Obama says every child should have access to a world-class education and is calling on congress to make it possible. Just this week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a proposal that would increase school spending by $200 million. This is in order to stay in line with court-mandated education obligations. When asked if she would vote for or against the proposal...Representative Fagan said she's unsure.

"I would have to take a really long look at what it is that he wants to do and how it would affect other programs," said Rep. Fagan.

While opinions may differ, one thing all the elected leaders can agree on is the fact that Americans need more jobs.