Children’s costs limit family growth, but what if the government paid for babies? – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in May that births had fallen to their lowest level in 42 years in the United States. But what if the government paid you to have a baby?
There are partisan discussions in Congress about a monthly child allowance for parents, one of the goals being to boost fertility in a declining population.
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Family planning is on hiatus for Allison Bellanti, not by choice. Now that her youngest daughter, Elizabit, is about to turn a year old, that was the time she wanted to pick up child number three, but the associated costs force Allison to hold back another baby.
“It’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy,” Bellanti told CBS13. “And my husband and I have really good jobs and we can still barely afford it. Let alone the idea of having one. other.
Bellanti isn’t the only one hesitant about having a baby. The year 2020 marked the sixth consecutive year the number of births fell in the United States
That’s part of why Congress plans to encourage fertility with growing concerns about a shrinking workforce and fewer people to care for an aging population.
“I could see it working for some people. I could definitely see it working because you get extra income to help the kids, ”said parent Rodney Halsey.
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David King already has seven children.
“I don’t think you can pay me to have another child,” he said. “I think the reason for having a child is not money. These are your values and your moral in terms of family. “
Democratic Congressman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica applauds the bipartisan effort to inspire growing families, but if a single incentive could work to increase the population, he says what’s more important, and especially in California, is to reduce costs and make housing more affordable.
“I think what’s more important is setting a tone that welcomes families to California and says we enjoy having kids in our state,” Asm said. Flowering.
After all, for Bellanti, $ 1,500 a month just for child care was pushing her to quit the baby business.
“Unfortunately, we can’t have another child because we can’t afford the fees,” Bellanti said.
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The incentive to give birth is already being seen in several other countries, especially in response to low birth rates in countries such as Finland, Estonia and Japan. In fact, according to Money.com, Estonia rewards people who have more children – and the bigger the family, the more money you make.