The Unclear Path For New York’s Belated Census Effort

April 11, 2019. This article covers the concerns that New York is underfunded for outreach for the 2020 Census. The article notes that state legislators had wanted to spend $40 million to make sure all New Yorkers are counted, but Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the commission $20 million.

The $40 million estimate was calculated by David Dyssegaard Kallick, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. He says with spending at $2 per person, each person would get about eight minutes of outreach, which may be fine for a lot of people who can be reached in meetings or by email.

“But some people are going to need more than that, a little bit of individual help to understand what the forms are, and to feel convinced that the census is a safe thing to answer.”

Kallick’s funding analysis is the first of its kind, so there’s really nothing to compare it to, according to Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to states and nonprofits on census matters.

Article available here. 

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