Census forms generate funding communities

Monse Rodriguez

“The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct,”   says the Constitution of the United States.

It helps communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds for hospitals, schools, senior centers, public works projects and emergency services.

It helps determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

It is the census 2010.

Many people have already received and sent back the census, but just as many let it sit there- along with a pile of unsolicited mail. Whether it is because they don’t know what it is for or they don’t take it seriously, more awareness needs to be brought upon the people and people should take more action.

Ads promoting the census can be seen on TV. The online page has the ability to provide information in over 50 languages. The census can even be done through a phone call or in person with a census taker that will visit your house. Online is still not available due to “experimenting with internet response options for the future,” but clearly the government is doing their part and we should too.

An ad for the census reads, “We can’t move forward until you send it back” and the statement holds plenty of truth.

The government is more likely to see an increase in community college students, possibly due to the increase of tuition and the cutting of classes from the UC and Cal States, and the census will provide them with such information and perhaps fund more money to California’s education. Following that, our school could get more funds for more buildings, more teachers, smaller classes, among many other resources.

So if you are still among the few who still have the packet sitting in your house, fill it out! April first is the National Census Day, so make that day your priority to mail back your information. Take the time to make that small change in your community.

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