NJ Politics Digest: Groups Seek State Funds to Ensure Census Accuracy

The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years, and an undercount can dramatically impact the amount of federal aid a state receives as well as impact its allowed number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years, and an undercount can dramatically impact the amount of federal aid a state receives as well as impact its allotted number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unsplash/John-Mark Smith

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

That’s essentially the message a group of nonprofit and advocacy groups is sending to Gov. Phil Murphy as they urge him to budget money to help ensure all state residents are counted in the 2020 federal census, according to a report by NJSpotlight.

The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years, and an undercount can dramatically impact the amount of federal aid a state receives as well as impact its allotted number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

New Jersey is already among the leaders in the U.S. for outmigration as residents flee the state’s crushing tax burden for cheaper living elsewhere.

The groups sent a letter to Murphy Friday, asking the cash-strapped state to spend $9 million to ensure the state receives an accurate count, according to the report. The groups contend about a quarter of the state’s population live in areas where it is hard to get an accurate count, according to the report.

The $9 million would be spent on communications efforts, public forums and other efforts to ensure an accurate count, the report said.

Quote of the Day: “Although the Census seems abstract, data collected from the Census influences almost all federal formula funding grants and policy decisions. Even a slight undercount could lead to decreased federal funding, not just in FY2021 but for a full decade to follow” — A group of nonprofit and advocacy groups urging the state to ensure that residents are accurately counted in the upcoming 2020 census.

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NJ Politics Digest: Groups Seek State Funds to Ensure Census Accuracy