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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 1, 2019 06:27 PM
From: Representative Christopher M. Rabb
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing a Complete Count Commission for PA
 
A census is only as good as the data it collects.

Our federal census determines what resources are distributed to and within each state. With human services being the single largest expenditure in our state budget, without an accurate census count, Pennsylvania cannot plan for those whom we don’t know exist, but are almost certainly the most vulnerable and most costly to assist.

My legislation, modeled after a similar laws in enacted New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware Illinois, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York, establishes an outreach strategy to develop, recommend, and assist full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census. Similar legislation is pending in Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana.

Complete count commissions work to support a successful census. They encourage individuals, communities, civic organizations, faith-based groups and the media to support the census and promptly complete the census on time.

The better the self-response rate, the fewer in-person work hours are needed to travel door-to-door to collect responses from households. The higher the self-response rate, the less the overall census will cost.

If you believe that Pennsylvania deserves its fair share of government resources, please co-sponsor this forthcoming bill to ensure that every Pennsylvanian is counted.