A bi-partisan bill moving forward in the New Mexico Legislature seeks to ensure New Mexico’s population is accurately tallied in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:
The New Mexico Senate approved on a 39-to-zero vote this week to spend eight-million dollars for outreach efforts to assist in ensuring all of our state’s population is counted in the once-a-decade federally-mandated census.
Alamogordo Republican Senator Bill Burt is Senate Bill Four’s primary sponsor. He says it’s a matter of federal financial help.
During debate on the bill, Jemez Pueblo Senator Bennie Shendo, a Democrat, expressed concerns that New Mexico’s large Native American population is accurately assessed in the census.
Experts warn a 2020 Census undercount of one-percent would be painful to New Mexico–costing 50-million dollars in federal funds.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge