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President Obama’s State of the Union address rightly focused on the economy and what can be done to keep America strong. Read EPI’s analysis of the speech and much more in this week’s featured blog posts:

From the EPI Blog
Elise Gould and Jessica Schieder
Maryland grants access to paid sick days to 700,000 workers and their families
Marni von Wilpert
Fighting for public sector union rights 50 years after MLK’s assassination
David Cooper and Janelle Jones
Our analysis of January 1 state minimum wage changes understated the total increase in wages for workers throughout the country
Josh Bivens
The search for the next president of the New York Federal Reserve is a big deal
Owen E. Herrnstadt
Renegotiating NAFTA is an opportunity to get trade policy right