THE COMMONWEALTH HAS MUCH TO LOSE IF THE 2020 CENSUS IS NOT FAIR AND ACCURATE.
What's At Stake For Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania could easily lose one or more of our 18 representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the 2020 census, which would also mean the loss of one or more of our 20 electoral votes, especially if the count misses key communities in the Keystone State like kids, people of color, immigrants, and others who have been historically undercounted. The census will also have a direct impact on how new Pennsylvania state house and senate districts in the Commonwealth are redrawn in 2021.
Pennsylvania receives over $39 billion in annual funding from the 55 largest federal programs that rely on Census data to calculate funding. According to George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy, Get the full details here, at GWU’s Counting for Dollars project.
The Census also determines the amount of federal money that goes to the Commonwealth’s annual budget. In the FY 18-19, budget, 35% of the Commonwealth’s total operating budget came from federal funds. Any undercount would shrink the state budget, which would mean less state dollars for community needs.
In addition, local leaders rely on census data to make decisions about allocating resources in Pennsylvania for education, health care, housing, veterans, seniors, and much more. Without accurate data, leaders will miss important community needs.
The census helps us understand Pennsylvania’s communities more clearly: not only where people live, but also what languages they speak, how much education they have completed, income levels, family makeup, racial identity, and so much more.
Having an accurate representation of Pennsylvania’s communities will help our leaders and businesses identify emerging problems and opportunities, and plan good investments for a decade to come.
We need a plan to make sure that the 2020 census is done right, and that Pennsylvania is counted fairly and accurately.