bread-and-butter issue

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Noun1.bread-and-butter issue - an issue whose settlement will affect financial resources
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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In an interview with the Tribune before his inauguration, Abbott said that in his State of the State, he would focus on "bread-and-butter issues that will continue to keep Texas on a pathway toward being the best state in the nation." He said these included improving the state's education system, securing the border and investing in roads.
In general, polls show that people trust Democratic legislators more on bread-and-butter issues like education, health care, and the environment.
Shouldn't ceremonial figures such as Mrs John Alden stick to bread-and-butter issues rather than bile and party political banter?