October 31, 2018. This article discusses the New York Counts 2020 coalition’s press conference which called on the New York State legislature to provide $40 million in the state budget to fund outreach for the 2020 Census.

Shamier Settle, Policy Analyst at the Fiscal Policy Institute, introduced a report by the Institute detailing the cost analysis for statewide census education and community outreach.

In 2010, 24 percent of New Yorkers did not return their census forms by mail, known as a “hard to count” population, which includes immigrants, people of color, and residents in low-income households, said Settle.

“This year, we also expect the ‘hard to count’ will also include those that don’t have access to the internet,” she said.

“The data the Census collects is the data that every level of our government will use,” Settle said. “It’s also the data that businesses and universities will analyze, and it’s the most important data that we will have about New York residents for the next 10 years.”

The report estimates that there are 4.8 million New Yorkers in the hard to count population, and proposes the funding be provided for every county.

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