CSAC Offers to Assist 2020 Census
April 19, 2018
Counties have a vested interest in the upcoming census count, as it dictates over $675 billion in federal grant money for everything from safety net programs to infrastructure. Therefore, as the U.S. Census Bureau enters into peak operations for the 2020 Census, CSAC has offered a helping hand. Earlier this week, in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, CSAC pledged to provide assistance that will ensure an accurate count.
The decennial census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, the results of the census determine how billions of dollars are appropriated across state and local governments each year. Several county programs are funded with these federal dollars, including Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to name a few.
In addition to offering CSAC’s partnership, the letter requests that the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department, which oversees the census, reject questions related to citizenship status as it could potentially deter residents from completing and submitting their information. Numerous other California state and local representatives have made similar asks to avoid an undercount that could result in underrepresentation in Congress as well as reduce the state’s allocation of federal program dollars for the next ten years.