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Drop in Outreach Funds Could Hurt Census Accuracy

Singtao, Xiao Hui and Zhou Jun Posted: Nov 20, 2009

California has drastically reduced its funding for 2010 census outreach, which will affect census results and hurt the state's future federal funding, reports Singtao. Currently, the state has budgeted less than $2 million for census outreach compared to the $25 million it invested on outreach for the 2000 Census. Of the 50 counties the census has labeled most difficult to count, California has 10 of them, including San Francisco. David Chiu, president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, said he is worried the decline in outreach will impact the accuracy of the census, result in a drop in annual federal funding, and affect community planning and construction. Data shows new immigrants, undocumented migrants, ethnic minorities, non-English speaking persons and low-income families are historically undercounted demographics. Li Zhiwei, chief executive officer of the Chinese Voters Board of Education, said language barriers make census outreach very important, and the drop in budget is bad news.

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