Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00
By now you have received your 2010 Census form. The League of Women Voters wants to impress upon you a few reasons why Census participation is important for our community:
• Provides $400 billion per year worth of federal funds to communities around the country
• Allocates money toward building up infrastructure, such as new hospitals, roads, tunnels and schools
• Allocates money toward improving public services, such as emergency, job-training and senior centers
• Tells businesses where to invest in local economies
• Provides data to support community initiatives involving environmental legislation, quality-of-life issues and consumer advocacy
The Census is a simple 10-question/10-minute questionnaire. It is printed in six different languages—English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. The confidentiality of your information is protected by Federal Laws (Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act) so much so that Census workers take an oath of non-disclosure with violations up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment. The information is used only for statistical purposes and will never be released to government agencies or courts.
Why is all this important to Long Island and New York State? After the 2000 Census, our state lost several seats in the U.S. House of Representatives because of low Census returns. And millions of federal dollars that would have come to New York didn’t. Please urge everyone you know—family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers – to complete and return their Census form as soon as possible.
Jane Thomas, President
League of Women Voters