In May, members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, with the Democrat’s backing, called on the Legislature to appropriate one dollar per Pennsylvanian in the budget for census outreach. Commissioners in attendance on July 15 renewed that call.
Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau seeks to capture a snapshot of the nation’s population, including who they are and where they live.
These numbers are important because they’re used to dole out federal dollars for everything from economic development to programs for seniors.
A big change for the next count, which officially kicks off in April 2020, is an increased reliance on online reporting. The federal government hopes that inputting census information online will reduce costs and ease the process.