In the Times Union, Rachel Silberstein discusses the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to send the census citizenship question back to the federal district court.
“A failed census could miss as many as 350,000 New Yorkers,” said Jeffrey M. Wice, a fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law School and adviser to New York Counts 2020 coalition. “People are already distrusting of government. We really need to develop as great an effort as possible at the block and community level. We have only one chance to do this and the results last for a decade.”
Immigrant advocates and civic organizations have expressed concern that the state’s census outreach effort got off to a late start, and that $20 million allocated in the 2019-2020 state budget for census outreach funding was insufficient.”