WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Following the State Of The Union address, we now know President Obama's priorities for 2013.
Last year, we heard a lot of economic promises, too.Some of them were kept, but some of them were not kept.
The State of the economy hasn't changed dramatically since the last State of the Union address. We haveseen a slight decline in the nation's unemployment rate, dropping from 8.3 in January 2012 to 7.9 percent last month.
But some groups enjoyed new help: on education for all college students there was a promise to keep costs down while putting administrators on notice. The president extended a $2500 a year tax credit for eligible students and public pressure caused some private universities to freeze tuition and cut costs.
Some promises ran into stiff congressional opposition. A move to halt outsourcing was rejected in the Senate, as was an end to oil subsidies.
Other pledges were watered down or pushed aside, such as taxes on the rich. This was the President's line in the sand:"If you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn't go up."
But the political winds blew that line up to $450,000 for couples as part of a dragged out, 11th hour "fiscal cliff" deal. It's the same deal that swallowed a payroll tax cut pledge.
Instead, this year, workers had taxes go up after the social security tax holiday expired.By year's end, a typical family making $50,000 a year will see their paychecks drop by around $1,000.
Focusing on Tuesday night's address, we saw earlier promises renewed.Ones specifically to watch the President's focus on public works projects.They were the centerpiece of a jobs plan he unveiled in 2011. He couldn't get it passed in Congress then. Trying again, he is calling for a $50 billion program to fix aging roads and bridges.
Another priority is raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour.This dates back to his presidential campaign of 2008. Then, he proposed raising it to $9.50 an hour.