With the 2020 U.S. Census a year away, many New Mexicans are learning the importance of filling it out.
An inaccurate count could mean a big loss of funding. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the state receives approximately $7.8 each year from the top 54 federal programs which include: Medicaid, food stamps, highway funding, Head Start, Title I education, housing vouchers, and Medicare.
However, New Mexico could lose $750 million over 10 years for every 1 percent undercount. Many organizers are now offering assistance to help people fill out the Census.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, in the state budget signed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, $3.5 million has been set aside for the Census. The money will support local governments “complete count efforts and training.”
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