Census Preparations Gaining Momentum
The 2020 Census is of critical importance for determining federal funding allocations as well as each state’s number of congressional representatives. In 2016, the State received $76 billion in federal dollars for programs like Medi-Cal, much of which flows to counties.
California is in a unique and difficult situation because nearly 75 percent of Californians are considered to be “hard to count”, according to a new PPIC study. These are Californians who are renters, young men, children, African Americans, and Latinos. At the same time, the reliance on online questionnaires may further complicate efforts to secure a complete and accurate count of all state residents.
A joint legislative hearing on the 2020 Census and collaboration between local government and nonprofits will be held on August 13 at the State Capitol with the Select Assembly Committee on Census, the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, and the Senate Select Committee on 2020 US Census. It’s titled “Connecting the Census to Californians: The Roles of Nonprofits and Local Governments” and will include a discussion of how to maximize the $40 million provided in the 2018-19 State Budget to ensure a complete count. More details including the agenda and expert witness will be available soon.