Maloney Statement on Governor Cuomo’s $60 Million Investment in 2020 Census Outreach Efforts
NEW YORK, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act, released the following statement in support of Governor Cuomo’s $60 million investment in 2020 Census outreach efforts.
“The 2020 Census determines critical funding and representation for New York State, and we cannot afford to get it wrong. I thank Governor Cuomo, CUNY, SUNY, and the State agencies who are using their resources to launch a statewide Census awareness campaign to ensure an accurate count of all New Yorkers. Our communities must have the tools and resources they need to combat the Trump Administration’s attempts to undercount New Yorkers and spread fear among immigrants. This critical and unprecedented $60 million investment brings us one step closer to a full and accurate count. Protecting the 2020 Census protects New York and our future.”
Data from the decennial census helps to determine the distribution of federal funds, including $73 billion to New York State. This funding supports programs like Medicare and Medicaid, school lunch vouchers, the children’s health insurance program and heating assistance in the winter.
States and cities like New York also use Census data for nearly every planning decision they make, like projecting student populations and designing transportation routes.
Businesses of every size and in every sector similarly rely on census data for strategic planning – whether to open a new store and where, whether to launch a new product, or how to advertise their business.
Census numbers also determine how many electoral votes and seats in the House of Representatives each state is allotted.