WHY IT MATTERS
The full U.S. Census, which takes place every ten years, is used to decide how much money goes to many federal and state programs, including many directly affecting children.
ACNJ applauds the New Jersey Legislature for advancing bills that would create a Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census and sending it to Governor Murphy’s desk. S2730/A4208 would take one of the first steps towards an accurate count for New Jersey’s kids. A state-level count commission will be tasked with developing outreach strategies and coordinate state services to ensure a complete count of all New Jersey residents.
ACNJ would like to thank the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) and Asw. Mila Jasey (D-Essex), Asw. Yvonne Lopez (D-Middlesex) and Asw. Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic), for their advocacy on this issue.
The full U.S. Census, which takes place every ten years, is used to decide how much money goes to many federal and state programs, including many directly affecting children. New Jersey needs an accurate count of its population to ensure that help goes where it is needed. Many New Jersey legislative districts are at high risk for being hard to count during the Census.
Unfortunately, some of the groups with the highest need for these programs are also the most difficult to count. Racial and ethnic minority groups, recent immigrants, renters, and children under age 6 are often at higher risk of not being counted.
New Jersey joins a handful of states making an accurate Census count a priority in 2020. New Jersey’s kids are counting on getting every resident counted in 2020.