People who live in New Mexico could miss out on a lot if everyone is not counted in the Census. New Mexico could lose out on the political representation it deserves. And people and communities could be denied money that they need for schools, community health care, jobs, and transportation.
In 2016, New Mexico received more than $7 billion from federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. New Mexico can’t afford to miss out!
Contact these New Mexico partners to get involved. The Census Counts. So do you.
New Mexico Voices for Children
Center for Civic Policy
Eye on New Mexico: Improving the lives of children
This interview on KOB TV focuses on how the census can affect children in New Mexico.
Child Advocates: Underfunding of U.S. Census Likely to Hurt NM
The president has requested just $7.2 billion for the entire Census budget. The Census Project estimates that the Bureau needs $8 billion. “The census – which is required by the U.S. Constitution – is foundational to our democracy,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “It’s used to determine voting districts for elections ranging from school boards to the U.S. House of Representatives. And, of course, it determines how much federal funding New Mexico will receive for everything from education to health care to highway maintenance. So we need to ensure that everyone is counted.”
Making New Mexico Count in Census 2020
New Mexico is facing big challenges in the 2020 Census, and the stakes of an undercount are especially high for New Mexico’s children and communities of color. This brief reviews some of the issues facing New Mexico and provides recommendations for ensuring all residents are fairly and accurately counted.