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Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 2:58 PM EDT) -- Although the decennial census is required by the U.S. Constitution, it’s not a topic that makes the heart go pit-a-pat. After doing a TV episode on a census issue, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin observed that the very word “census” put the audience asleep.

Nonetheless, the 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States. That’s because population is a major factor in formulas used by the federal government to dispense $800 billion annually to states and local governments under 300 different programs. The largest by far of these programs is Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health care...

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