Your tax dollars:
….to be sure not to lose a Congressional seat or to lose a penny from its federal dole. From the Bemidji Pioneer (sorry if they are making you log in):
“The Census is so critical to the state of Minnesota,” Dolan said. “About $300 billion is tied to the Census numbers every single year in federal money to the states. With the new administration, it’s nearly $400 billion.”
It means that for every person missed in Minnesota’s Census county, $1,000 to $1,200 per person in lost federal aid, he said.
“If we miss one person in the Census, we lose $10,000 to $12,000 over a 10-year period,” he said, with the Census done every 10 years. That sum pales unallotments or the loss of Local Government Aid, he said.
“We can’t afford to lose anything as a result of the Census over the next 10 years,” Dolan said. “If we miss 100 people in the Census, which I’m sure we will, that could mean over a 10-year period $1 million to $1.2 million in lost revenue to the state from the federal government.”
Count those illegal aliens too! Makes me wonder if the illegal alien population will enhance a state’s chances of getting (or keeping) seats in the House of Representatives and getting federal money. Does anyone know, do illegals count for those purposes?
Other problems a reason for an accurate count include getting handle on the state’s immigration population, especially undocumented foreigners and refugees…
Last night on Fox, a Congressman (didn’t get his name) was promoting what I thought was a great idea. Don’t hire all these tens of thousands of workers to do the census, just have the postal service do it—they need the money and they wouldn’t be as untrustworthy as we know ACORN will be.
Update and an answer: Congresswoman Bachman was just on FOX this evening and reported there is no question on the Census form that asks for one’s immigration status. So it appears they will count the illegal aliens as well but there will be no way of knowing which immigrants are legal and which are not.