President Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address tonight. Here are a few things to know about the economy, education and government action in the United States last year in advance of the speech.
- Growth in gross domestic product was roughly in line with previous years’ change.
2. More than three in five eighth graders (still) aren’t proficient in math or reading.
3. Much of what the federal government did last year was either ceremonial or related to defense. There were 216 federal government actions — bills signed into law, executive orders or agency rules — in 2019 that had an impact on the economy of $100 million or more, according to not-for-profit, nonpartisan data organization USAFacts. Many ceremonial actions renamed post offices, and new legislation included the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 and a law intended to help small businesses after disasters.