How do changing U.S. demographics
influence current or future federal governmental policies?
How do U.S. demographics influence
your state’s current or future governmental policies
With the changing U.S demographics
in the future, our governmental policies will have to possibly change the way
our school systems teach. Having more bilingual educators due to immigration.
There is a reported 11 million undocumented people living and working in the
United states today, according to Governor Abbott of Austin, Texas.
With the U.S demographics in Georgia population growth, our city alone has
recently provided more public transportation to accommodate environmental
issues and traffic control.
demographics influence current and future federal governmental policies more
today than they have ever. If you look at the projections done by the U.S
Census, the population of people 65 years and older is expected to double
between now and 2040. Partly responsible is going to be the retirement of the
baby boomers. This is going to result in labor shortages requiring the need for
more services in order to support the senior citizens. Along with an increase
of senior citizens will be the growth of minority populations and the
multigenerational workforce. We are going to have the oldest workforce that
we’ve seen yet. Because of the multigenerational workforce, the personnel
policies and practices are going to differ drastically from what we have seen
in the past. Minorities also are going to be changing as now 37 percent of the
U.S. population is considered to consist of minorities and in 2060 minorities
are projected to comprise 57 percent of the population in 2060 (U.S Census,
201). With the amount of minorities decreasing I believe we are going to see
much more equality occurring within our society as there will be more people
fighting for one another’s belief.
do changing U.S. demographics influence your state’s current or future
governmental policies? According to the US Census, for the first time there
will be four generations in the work force: persons born before 1945, the baby
boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (born between 1965 and
1978), and generation Y or Millennial born after 1979 (US Census, 2012).
Because of this, the demographic changes in the workforce are going to require
employers to adjust all of their current policies and practices to the values
of the new generations (such as working with multigenerational workers, retirement
policies and building awareness as to the surroundings). The United States is
not only going to be facing an increasing aging population of Baby Boomers who
are all concerned about running out of money before they have to stop working
and then somehow live the remainder of their lives in peace, yet then they are
going to have to worry about the increasing cost of health care.
to a study done by Hunter University, between 1990 & 2000, the State’s age
85 and over population has increased by almost 30 percent. This
is extremely drastic!So
in summary, the aging population is foreign immigration, high levels of
domestic in- and out-migration, and the high fertility rates of the State’s
expanding ethnic populations are changing New York’s population and is going to
continue to do so in the future (Hunter University, 2012). New York State has
one of the most diverse multigenerational and multi-cultured increase in family
systems. I learned a lot about this in my last Human Services class and because
of this, the need for more healthcare individuals is going to increase as well.
If we compare our current demographics to years ago, the US is a lot easier on
newcomers than they were. Just recently, Obama signed a policy allowing
immigrants to obtain identification cards—this is an incredible step from where
we were standing just 20 years ago. I believe we are in for some big changes
and I just hope I am alive to see them occur! All of the direct and indirect
changes are requiring our federal governmental policies to
make assessments of the current trends and the development of future
projections. Our state's current policies are being forced to make
drastic changes because if they don't, the people begin to leave. If the
majority of citizens feel as if they aren't being protected by their states
government than they will just leave, or they will fight until they obtain
their needs. An awareness of these trends and their potential impacts on local
government is essential for informed decision-making. Housing and planning
needs are getting put into effect by programs such as RUPCO and the Department
of Social Services, we have transportation programs being advertised in New
York for the aging and those in need. New York is constantly trying to keep up
with the forever changing demographic changes and although we may be catching
up, I don't think we will ever have it 'just right' in time for the changes
occurring. People are aging too quickly, jobs aren't being produced quickly
enough, and minimum wage isn't nearly enough to support our new age families.
New York state has finally tried to pass a bill to increase minimum wage up to
$10.00/hour but even $10.00/hour is not sufficient enough.