July 31, 2019

Study: Most states are prepping for 2020 census, not Florida

Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix writes:

"Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that he doesn’t have any desire to devote state resources to capture an accurate count in Florida for the 2020 U.S. Census. Now, a new report reveals that the Sunshine State is in the minority of states taking such a hands-off approach.

Florida is one of only 13 states that hasn’t taken any action towards creating a 'complete count committee,' according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.


'Census results help determine how federal dollars are divvied up among states for things like SNAP food assistance and highway planning and construction,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'We are concerned that Florida lawmakers have not taken steps to establish and fund complete count committees, especially given the state Demographic Estimating Conference forecast that Florida will gain about 330,000 people each year through April 2024.'"


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