What to expect from State of the Union address

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — It will be a look at President Obama's priorities Tuesday night, when he delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term.

It may be the President's final term, but Americans still have big expectations. Across the country, Americans will tune in to hear how their needs might be met over the next four years.

“I'm looking to hear more for veterans. I'm a veteran myself, more benefits for us. There's already great progress on it; job placement, work for veterans,” said Christopher Stanislawski of Northampton.

The President is expected to talk about gun violence and immigration reform. But students told 22News that they care about how the economy and job market will look like once they're finished with school.

“Tuition seems to be going up, higher and higher every year. I'm interested in that. You finish school and then you can't pay your loans. You can't get a job,” said Nadine Allen of Springfield.

“The job market was bad before he came into office and it's still bad now. If you don't have a job crime goes up, people are discouraged. We're Americans and we need jobs,” said Robert Richards of Holyoke.

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: the President's attention must be on the budget. If nothing is done, $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will kick in on March 1.

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