In recent years, Minneapolis city leaders have set a goal of growing the city’s population. There are two ways to do that: One is to bring new residents from somewhere else. The other is for Minneapolitans to have more kids. The latter strategy might present a problem, considering Minneapolis’ current kid count. There are fewer households with kids (as a proportion of the total population) in Minneapolis than in Minnesota as a whole. There are fewer in Minneapolis than St. Paul. In fact, Minneapolis is behind many major U.S. cities in terms of households with children. And Minneapolis’ numbers have been dropping for decades. So why aren’t there more minors in the Mill City? Fewer kids Between the 1920s and 2017, the share of households in Minneapolis with children has been on a slow decline, from about two-thirds to less than one-fifth. That’s not unique to Minneapolis. The share of households with kids has been declining in the U.S. as a whole in recent … [Read more...] about No kidding: Minneapolis has a low population of children
Why fertility rates low
Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post Published 8:07 am PDT, Monday, April 29, 2019 Three and a half years after Vermont's then-Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a vision for the nation's first single-payer health system, his small team was still struggling to find a way to pay for it. With a deadline bearing down, they worked through a frozen, mid-December weekend, trying one computer model Friday night, another Saturday night, yet another Sunday morning. If they kept going, the governor asked his exhausted team on Monday, could they arrive at a tax plan that would be politically palatable? No, they told him. They could not. Two days later, on Dec. 17, 2014, Shumlin, who had swept into office promising a health care system that left no one uninsured, announced he was giving up, lamenting the decision as "the greatest disappointment of my political life so far." The trajectory of Green Mountain Care, as Vermont's health system was to be known - from the euphoric spring of … [Read more...] about Why Vermont’s single-payer effort failed and what Democrats can learn from it
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis offered a little something for everyone when he spoke to the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. Neel Kashkari said that if Minnesota is to meet its workforce needs over the coming decades, it needs to be open to more immigration, not just from within the United States but from around the world. But he also said that if the state wants to take on its housing shortage, especially at prices accessible to low-and-middle-income households, it needs to rely on the private sector — and therefore must look at how government regulations and requirements contribute to the high cost of building. While more open immigration policies are core to the Democratic agenda, over-regulation of the economy fits well with that of Republicans. Those were hardly the only hard-to-pigeonhole views Kashkari expressed to lawmakers Tuesday. Kashkari took over the Minneapolis Fed in 2016 and is one of the 12 members of the Federal … [Read more...] about At Capitol, Minneapolis Fed chief talks immigration, affordable housing, and why Minnesota’s labor shortage may not be all that
An academic has hailed mass migration and the coming artificial intelligence revolution as reasons not to fear plummeting fertility rates in Western countries, wherein most it has long stood below replacement rate. Oxford University academic Sarah Harper’s views that falling fertility should be a “cause for celebration” were profiled by British left-wing newspaper The Guardian, which reported that changes in society meant Western countries no longer had to worry about growing or even sustaining their populations.The former Royal Institution director said nations wishing to sustain themselves was “really old thinking”, and praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a world leader who had found a way to grow their country without having to resort to citizens having their own children. Speaking of the migrant crisis which Dr Merkel triggered by throwing open her own borders — and by proxy the borders of the European Union as well — … [Read more...] about Don’t Worry About Fertility Falling Because Immigration and A.I. Will Replace the Unborn, Says Academic
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