TJCOG Statement Opposing Shortened U.S Census Timeline
On August 7th, 2020, TJCOG Executive Director Lee Worsley sent a formal letter to the region's United States Senators and Representatives stating the organization's opposition to the condensed census operations timeline released by the U.S Census Bureau that would end all data collection on September 30, 2020. Additionally, the letter called for Congress to extend reporting deadlines by an additional 120 calendar days. If this action is not taken, the condensed timeline will have an extreme impact on the TJCOG local governments and residents who are already facing the COVID-19 public health and economic crises.
Additional highlights from the letter include:
- "The 2020 census operations have experienced significant delays and disruptions because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the national public health crisis, several leaders within the Census Bureau have expressed doubt that they can finish decennial census and report initial results by the current December 31, 2020 statutory deadline."
- "Our current response rate in is below the national rate and below where our state was in 2010. More than four in every ten North Carolina households have not yet filled out the 2020 census, representing more than 4 million North Carolinians not currently captured in the census."
- "North Carolina communities that have not responded at high rates are predominantly rural, Black, and Brown, with low internet access."
- It is vital to our state that all North Carolinians be counted: the 2020 census ensures our state receives its fair share of more than $1.5 trillion in federal dollars from census-derived programs ($44 billion to NC in FY2017) and that these and state funds are distributed fairly across the state.
The full letter can be found here.