Fully Funding the 2010 Census

Resolution Number BRG09.17

Fully Funding the 2010 Census

WHEREAS, an accurate Census count is vital to our community and residents’ well-being by helping planners determine where to locate schools, day-care centers, roads and public transportation, hospitals and other facilities, and is used to make decisions concerning federal formula grant applications, state redistricting, and state funding to local governments; and

WHEREAS, in 1999 the State of California invested $27 million in statewide Census outreach, which translated into $3 billion for the state over the last decade; however, despite that significant effort the Census Monitoring Board estimated that California’s population was still undercounted by well over 520,000 people in 2000, and the undercount cost the state an estimated $1.5 billion in federal funding as a result; and

WHEREAS, the 2010 Census marks an opportunity for California to accurately account for its population and demand its fair share of federal funding and representation, which can only happen if the State of California fully and expediently funds a statewide census outreach effort;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that by adoption of this resolution the California Democratic Party does hereby recognize the need for a fully funded statewide Census outreach program in 2009; and strongly urges the Governor and the Legislature to identify and allocate financial resources in the May revise of the Budget.

Authors: Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, AD 39; Ruben Zaragoza AD 39
Sponsored by Los Angles County Democratic  Party
 
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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