The media focus has been on House districts….
But there is also another thing that officials of both parties are worried about….
Federal money allocation….
Congress has money disbursed to states by population….
Drops in those numbers means Federal dollars from Washington lost…
The pandemic has cost states BILLIONS….
Biden’s money bills will use census figures to dole out money to state and local officials and they will need money for EVERY person in their area’s….
That would include the undocumented that Trump did NOT want counted……
These ARE just the first numbers….
The final numbers won’t be until September….
One would think there will be some changes ….
The stakes ARE HIGH….
Decennial census data is used to determine the apportionment of House seats, redistricting and $1.5 trillion a year in federal funding, so the release of its data is always closely scrutinized. But this time, perhaps more than ever, the count faced unprecedented hurdles. They included underfunding, attempts by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question and exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment, the coronavirus pandemic, and natural disasters that struck just before the count ended….
But until more-detailed 2020 Census data showing race, ethnicity and geography is released later in the year, it will be hard to confirm any suspicions of tallies of Hispanic residents being under par. The data released Monday shows no relationship between a state’s share of Hispanic residents and whether the state population tally turned out to be lower than projected.
“Nothing looked terribly outside of expectations or historical patterns,” said Chris Dick, founder of DA Advisors, an analytics consulting company, and former Census Bureau statistician and branch chief. Noting that the Arizona data in 2010 were also lower than estimates, he said, “I think we have to be careful. I don’t think we have enough information to say the census was flawed, but I don’t think we have enough information to say the census was a success.”…