Current Event September 29, 2020
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the U.S., and the results determine state funding and political representation. The coronavirus pandemic is making collecting data for the 2020 census especially challenging, and last spring the Census Bureau extended the deadline. Soon after, however, the White House pressed the Census Bureau to finish counting earlier than originally proposed. The Census Bureau says the shortened window would prevent an accurate count, significantly impacting some communities for the next decade. Listen to hear how some leaders are trying to motivate people to ensure they are counted.
Update: Since this story aired, the court decided to uphold the extension of the census data collection deadline of October 31, 2020.
Current Event April 9, 2018
Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau aims to count every person living in the United States, and the next census begins on April 1, 2020. Data from the census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state aid are allocated to local and state governments. When the questions were initially approved and released, they included the question: Is this person a citizen of the United States? Some states expressed fears about how this question would affect the response rate, which would impact their state budgets. Listen to hear more about the proposed changes to the 2020 census questions.
Update: Since this story was published, it was decided that the citizenship question would not be included on the 2020 U.S. Census form, after the Supreme Court ruled against it.