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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
Daniel Costa and Jennifer Rosenbaum
Congress is trying to use appropriations expand the H-2B temporary worker program—where migrants are exploitable and have few rights—by 73 percent
Daniel Costa and Jennifer Rosenbaum
Using the H-2A guestworker program for year-round agricultural jobs would lower wages for farmworkers
Marni von Wilpert
Preemption laws prevent cities from acting on everything from labor and employment to gun safety
Elise Gould
What to Watch on Jobs Day: Putting wage growth in perspective
Celine McNicholas
Congress should set the standard in being a good employer