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Census Awareness Day


WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 2, of the United States Constitution mandates a decennial census stating “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the Several States…according to their respective Numbers…”; and

WHEREAS, the 2020 Census will address every household in the nation with a simple questionnaire with the goal of counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place; and

WHEREAS, the data collected from this survey is used to determine a variety of things, including but not limited to: the distribution of Congressional seats in the United States House of Representatives, how to redistrict states, and how to allocate federal funds to states, which directly impacts communities; and

WHEREAS, additionally, residents, businesses, local governments, real estate developers, and city planners use the data collected in a variety of ways to support community initiatives, build factories and offices, plan new schools and hospitals, and develop new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, data obtained by the survey will be used to help determine how approximately $675 billion will be distributed from the federal government to state, local, and tribal governments annually; and

WHEREAS, up to $2,000 of federal funding will be lost for each person not counted; as well as upwards of $20,000 of federal funding lost every ten years; and

WHEREAS, on December 18, 2018, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Twenty Seven, establishing the Virginia Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census, which was created to improve the participation and representation of all Virginians in the 2020 Census; and

WHEREAS, it is important that everyone in Virginia counts, every community matters, and that every person who lives in Virginia has equitable access to opportunities, resources, and representation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 1, 2019, as CENSUS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.