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Why the census matters
The federal funding that comes to New Mexico for federal aid programs is calculated based on the information gathered in the census. Federal aid programs include Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, Head Start, and many more.
New Mexico is considered one of the most difficult states to count. We are always under counted, which means we are also underfunded. For every 1% undercount, New Mexico loses an estimated $78 million per year for ten years.
When federal aid programs are underfunded, people turn to nonprofits to meet their needs. Fully funded public systems like our schools, hospitals, and roads, are vital to New Mexico’s well being.
the supreme court ruling on the citizenship question
The Supreme Court ruled that the justification provided by Commerce Secretary Ross for including the citizenship question in the census was not sufficient. The ruling did not say that the citizenship question could not be added, but that the justification presented was not sufficient.
See Tim Delaney’s explanation about the potential impact on dollars, data, and democracy in his article in Nonprofit Quarterly, What the US Supreme Court Citizenship Case Means for Nonprofits.
The Continuing Confusion About the Citizenship Question
After the Supreme Court ruling on June 27, the Commerce Department announced on July 2, that the census forms were being printed without the citizenship question. On July 3, the President announced that the administration was going to pursue other ways to include the citizenship question. On July 5, in Maryland, U.S. District Judge George Hazel ordered proceedings to move forward. In the meantime, printing the census forms continues.
NM Counts! 2020 website with information and resources specific to New Mexico
New Mexico Fact Sheet in Counting for Dollars 2020, The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds
Census 2020 Fact Sheet by UNM Geospatial and Population Studies
New Mexico Hard to Count Census Map by UNM Geospatial and Population Studies
Why Should You Care About the 2020 Census? by Con Alma Health Foundation
Census 2020 Resource List by Con Alma Health Foundation
Nonprofits Count: 2020 Census by Nonprofit VOTE
Digital Basics for Census Video Series short on demand videos on Social Media, Texting, Email, Digital Ads, and Search Engine Optimization
Federal Laws that Protect Census Confidentiality by Kelly Percival, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law
Census undercount would cost New Mexico dearly by Terra V. Winter, Las Cruces Sun News, March 17, 2019