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By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY


WASHINGTON — Parents, students and workers would benefit modestly from a series of initiatives President Obama outlined Monday for the middle class as he prepared for his State of the Union address on Wednesday.Seeking to point out some of the goodies in an otherwise austere budget, Obama and Vice President Biden said they will ask Congress to increase child care tax credits, cap student loan payments and help workers enroll in 401(k) savings plans.

The announcement came as two senior administration officials unveiled one of the more painful parts of the upcoming 2011 budget, to be released next Monday: a three-year freeze on “non-security” spending that requires annual congressional votes. The officials with direct knowledge of the budget requested anonymity because it has not been released yet.

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