Oh my god, can we really run a state like this?
Isn't it a good thing to see VP Kamala Harris visiting Wisconsin's university and business leaders/teachers touting an infrastructure plan that targets funding for research and development of new technologies. Jobs right? Nope.
Harris said the U.S. has fallen behind in recent years and that it must be able to compete — with universities playing a big role — to pursue innovation that will improve the lives of American families.Yet safely gerrymandered Republicans didn't see a business and jobs opportunity for our state, but instead, wanted Harris to visit Texas first and solve immigration. Question; do you think Republicans constantly telling the world that the borders are open, and people are pouring in, would purposely be inviting a rush to the border? I think so.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson called Biden’s plan a “boondoggle” and said he was interested to see how Harris justifies the spending. “Instead of creating more opportunities, it will kill people’s jobs, increase their taxes, and further implement radical leftists’ agenda. Happy to have her visit Milwaukee, but she really ought to inspect the crisis President Biden created at the border.”
Two Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders sent Harris a letter criticizing her for not visiting southern border states. “We appreciate the visit to Wisconsin; but, respectfully, you have much bigger problems to deal with right now,” Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, and Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, wrote. “As the person who is supposed to be the most qualified to address this issue, we implore you to start taking action now to help our southern border.” They called on Evers to do more to help secure the border, including sending aid.
They said it would affect Wisconsin and the entire country because people trying to enter there spread out nationwide.Labor Shortage, Low Birthrate Problem? That's right, Republicans are limiting immigration as our population declines, negatively affecting our future workforce in 16 to 30 years from now.
The U.S. population grew 7.4% from 2010. Those may sound like big numbers, but it’s actually the second slowest rate of population growth the census has ever recorded, just behind the 7.3% growth in the 1930s. Birth and fertility rates in the United States dropped to record lows again last year, according to a new report. The number of U.S. births in 2020 fell 4% from 2019, the lowest level since 1979. The figure marks the sixth consecutive year that the number of births have dropped. Last year's total fertility rate "was again below replacement -- the level at which a given generation can exactly replace itself,"
But there's a current Shortage of Small Businesses too: Employees may not have a place to work anymore:
Missing employers: We’ve seen around 15% of all companies with less than 100 employees have gone away entirely during this pandemic. And adding companies that can hire new employees will take time.
Economist David Berson at Nationwide Insurance said that in regard to the current employment market, “we’re about 8 million below when the COVID recession hit, and it’s going to take some time to fully employ those 8 million workers.” And many Republicans have largely turned against the idea of immigration, legal or illegal, a new political barrier to the country adding more population quickly.
Labor Shortage Slowly Coming Back: Marketplace:
1. Employers and trade groups are complaining they can’t find workers to hire. Some workers are still scared of returning. Or they have schooling. Maybe they’re not vaccinated or have kids stuck at home. Baby boomers have left the workforce altogether.”
2. The return of workers is going to be gradual, so there’s a mismatch between what employers want and the speed with which people are going to come back to the labor market.
There’s another mismatch, said Heidi Shierholz at the Economic Policy Institute, “If an employer posts a job and then they can’t find the workers that they need, that just means there’s a labor shortage of people who will work at that wage.”