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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

New Congressional Report Highlights Dire Costs of a Census Undercount for Ohio’s Third Congressional District

Sep 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) released a new report prepared by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties urging constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District to complete their Census forms by the September 30, 2020 deadline, and detailing the dire costs of an undercount.

“I urge constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District to fill out their Census forms now,” Beatty said. “As this new report makes clear: a complete Census count is essential for our community. This year’s Census comes at a time when our nation is facing a growing public health crisis and global economic downturn, so it is crucial that we secure the funding we are entitled to for critical services like education, healthcare, and job programs.” She added, “Take ten minutes to help change the next ten years—and remember that September 30th is the deadline.”

Beatty implores Central Ohio households to complete their Census forms right now—in the comfort of their own homes—by going online at www.my2020census.gov, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the forms they received in the mail. Of note, the 2020 Census has only 12 questions, does not ask about citizenship, and must be completed by September 30, 2020.

Data collected by the Census is used to determine how much funding congressional districts receive for a variety of services like education, medical care, foster care, roads, public transit, and job programs. Moreover, Census data also helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.

The new report details that if there is just a one percent undercount in the 2020 Census, constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District could lose:

  • $8.6 million in federal funding for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and foster care assistance programs.
  • $481,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 1,923 students would need in a school year.
  • $116,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling.

The full report, a one page summary, and a 2020 Census resource page can be accessed on Beatty’s website.

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