Census Action Alert: Call on the Minnesota House to Fully Invest in the 2020 Census

ACTION ALERT - April 8, 2019

Call on the Minnesota House to make a full investment to ensure a fully-inclusive and accurate census count in Minnesota in 2020.

Last week we came together (Pioneer Press) to call on Minnesotans to step up and get going because we only have one year before Census Day -- April 1, 2020.  In its budget plan released on Sunday, April 7, the House State Government Finance Committee's leadership didn't quite step up to the task.  Rather than commiting to a state investment of $2.5 million, the committee's leadership is only proposing to spend $1.6 million.  It’s important to make census funding a top priority.  We don’t get a do-over.  Census Day is April 1, 2020 and we need to make our best effort to count every Minnesotan – now!

(Read about the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnerships $2.5 million state funding request.) 

We have about 24 hours to make sure Minnesota gets the 2020 Census right.  Do one or all of the following three things:

  • Act alone.  Do what you can do.
  • Mobilize a network – big or small, by phone, email or social media.
  • Show up for the House State Government Finance Committee hearing at 12:00 pm  on Monday, April 8.  (Previously published time was 12:30 pm.)

Do what you can do!

Action Option #1:

BASIC MINIMUM - THE PICK SIX

Call the House DFL leaders who have the most to say about whether Minnesota makes a full, $2.5 million dollar investment in the census. 

Old style phone calls will have the most impact. Place the call. Tell the person who takes your call why the census is important to you. Let them know you hope the House will see a path to funding the full $2.5 million requested to prepare Minnesota for the 2020 Census. The $1.6 million proposed in the House State Government Finance omnibus bill and by the Governor are a good start, but not enough.

Rep. Mike Nelson, Chair, State Government Finance (40A – Brooklyn Park) – Census bill co-author

Rep. Andrew Carlson, Vice Chair, State Government Finance (50B – Bloomington) – Census bill co-author

Rep. Lyn Carlson, Chair, Ways & Means (45A – Crystal) – Census bill co-author

Rep. Liz Olson, Vice Chair, Ways & Means (7B – Duluth) – Census bill co-author

Speaker Melissa Hortman, (36B – Brooklyn Park)

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler (46A – Golden Valley)

Action Option #2: THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 11

It will take 11 votes on the 20 member State Government Finance Committee to amend the budget proposal from $1.6 million to $2.5 million.

Phone calls or emails are fine. Tell them why the census is important to you. If they are a census bill co-author, thank them for their leadership.  Let them know you hope the House State Government Finance Committee will see a path to funding the full $2.5 million requested to prepare Minnesota for the 2020 Census. The $1.6 million proposed is a good start, but it’s not enough, and we don’t get a do-over on census funding. We need to make our best effort – now.

Rep. Mike Nelson, Chair, State Government Finance (40A – Brooklyn Park) – Census bill co-author

Rep. Andrew Carlson, Vice Chair, State Government Finance (50B – Bloomington) – Census bill co-author

Rep. Patty Acomb (44B – Minnetonka)

Rep. Steve Elkins (49B – Bloomington)

Rep. Mike Freiberg (45B – Golden Valley) – Census bill co-author

Rep. John Hout (57B –Rosemount) – Census bill co-author

Rep Ginny Klevorn (44A – Plymouth)

Rep. Todd Lippert (20B – Northfield)

Rep. Jamie Long (61B – Minneapolis) – Census bill lead author

Rep. Sandy Mason (51A – Eagan)

Rep. Liz Olson (7B – Duluth) - Census bill co-author

Action Option #3: SHOW UP AND BE HEARD

If you can attend the hearing on Monday, April 8 from 12:00 to 2:30 pm when the House State Government Finance Committee will introduce and take testimony on it’s omnibus bill – contact Bob Tracy or 651.3291794 (cell/text)  ASAP.

Action Option #4: HOME BASE

Always contact your own State Senator and State Representative, or one or two others who you may know.  Who Represents Me?