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South Dakota legislators set State of the Union expectations

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Tuesday night President Obama will address the country in his State of the Union address. Action News asked South Dakota members of congress what they want to hear from the President.

The White House says the President will talk a lot about jobs and the economy. Officials say he will also focus on five main points, innovation, education, infrastructure, reforming government, and reducing federal debt.

We asked Senators John Thune, Tim Johnson, and Representative Kristi Noem what they are expecting to hear from the President tonight.

"Our nation is continuing to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. We've made strong progress in creating jobs and turning our economy around, and I expect the President to outline plans to build on these efforts and strengthen the middle class in rural America.  It's important that we also continue PAY-GO and take a balanced approach to cutting spending and getting our deficit in line.  Now that the election season is behind us, it is my hope that members of both parties will put partisanship aside and work with President Obama to address the issues facing our nation," said Tim Johnson.

"When the President talks in his speech about investment, the American people need to understand that translates into spending. I hope that President Obama will heed the will of the American people as expressed on Election Day and make a commitment to work with Republicans to reduce federal spending and get our economy growing again. The president needs to deliver a message that gives companies large and small the certainty they need so they can begin to create jobs without relying on additional federal spending or new government programs. In the end, it matters little what he says, but rather what he does after the speech," John Thune said.

"President Obama has indicated he will defend his party's past spending and will call for even more spending in the name of creating jobs.  Unfortunately for South Dakota taxpayers and job seekers, grand new spending plans will do nothing to create jobs, as we learned with the failed stimulus.  Instead we need to get serious about cutting excessive spending and reining in unwarranted government regulations that hinder job creation," Kristi Noem said.

You can watch the President's speech right here on KSFY starting tonight at 8:00 P.M. You can also watch it online at KSFY.COM.


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