Governor Walz Recommends State Census Funding

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Governor Walz recommended $1.6 million in one time funding to support activities through the State Demographer’s Office to encourage participation in the 2020 Census, especially in historically undercounted communities. (A copy of the Governor’s budget recommendation is below.) The Governor’s recommendation aligns with the strategies outlined in legislation that will be introduced in the coming days in the House and the Senate, though seeking a higher state appropriation of $2.5 million.

Historically undercounted communities are identified in the Governor’s recommendation as renters, low-wealth communities, immigrants, people of color and indigenous people, highly-mobile residents, college-age students, children under five, and rural residents. The recommendation notes that “While the primary responsibility of conducting the census falls on the U.S. Census Bureau, the state has the ability to boost participation in the census by making sure that local communities, governments, and organizations are fully supported to engage historically undercounted groups.”

MCF is leading efforts, in coordination with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership, is leading the effort to secure a state appropriation to boost participation by historically undercounted communities and, thereby, ensure a fully-inclusive, nonpartisan and accurate 2020 Census count in Minnesota.

Action you can take:

Contact the Governor and Lt. Governor and thank them for making a fully-inclusive and accurate census count a Minnesota priority.

Contact your State Senator and State Representative and ask them “What is the state doing to get ready for the 2020 Census?”  All you really need to do is ask the question, but if you want to share some thoughts about why you think the census is important read The Case for the Census.

Let us know what you hear.

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