Policy Alert on State Appropriation for 2020 Census Outreach

Today the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released its FY 2020 state budget recommendations. This version contained a $2 million appropriation to support Census outreach through a statewide Complete Count Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count by supporting nonprofit organizations with competitive grants for direct outreach to hard-to-count communities in Massachusetts.

MNN applauds House leadership, members, and the House Ways and Means Committee for making a strategic investment in efforts to ensure a complete count. Census data determine political representation and the allocation of more than $16 billion in federal funds for the Commonwealth every year. The 2020 Census faces unprecedented challenges that will make achieving an accurate count difficult.

Today’s release of the House Ways and Means recommendations will be followed by deliberation by the full House of Representatives, before the Senate Ways and Means Committee issues its budget recommendations next month. MNN encourages members to take the following steps:

  • Contact your state representatives to say thank you and encourage them to include the $2 million appropriation for the Complete Count Grant Program in their final budget.

  • Contact your state senators and ask them to create an appropriation for the Complete Count Grant Program in their version of the budget.

Click this link to find and contact your legislators.

Contact MNN’s Director of Government Affairs Danielle Fleury with any questions.