By Justin Sink - 01/07/14 11:25 AM EST
President Obama looks to promote economic proposals designed to alleviate blight in some of the nation’s poorest communities at an event Thursday at the White House, according to a source familiar with the planning.
White House officials have said Obama plans to lay out his ideas for addressing economic inequality and diminishing upward mobility in that speech, and the president appears to be systematically previewing his proposals in the weeks preceding the State of the Union.
Before leaving for his holiday vacation in Hawaii, Obama pushed Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. On Tuesday, the president will call on Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans at an event in the East Room of the White House.