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Nancy Michael: Census is important

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Nancy Michael
INDIANAPOLIS -- State Rep. Nancy Michael (D-Greencastle) said the door-to-door phase of the 2010 U.S. Census count is underway in Indiana and that everyone should offer their cooperation with census officials.

"The Census data is the determining factor for funding for numerous projects and institutions that affect our daily lives," said Michael. "Funding for economic development projects, job training centers, schools, hospitals, fire stations, public libraries, senior centers, and emergency services as well as bridges, tunnels and other public works projects are dependent upon the number of citizens who live in a given area. Those figures are determined by the Census.

"In addition, corporations use the data to determine where to build factories, grocery stores, pharmacies, and various other businesses," continued Michael. "Our communities' strength is in their numbers. Take a few minutes and make sure you are counted. It is important for our cities, our counties, our state, and, most importantly, our families."

Michael said the mail-in phase of the Census was successful with 78 percent of Hoosiers returning their census forms, which is an improvement on the state's 76 percent rate in the 2000 Census. This year Indiana and Iowa were tied for the third highest return rate in the country.

The door-to-door phase of the census count, which continues through July 10, will concentrate heavily in those areas that had a low response rate.

"If a census taker visits your home, be sure to ask to see his or her identification badge," suggested Michael. "All census workers must carry official government badges with their names clearly printed. Census takers will never request to enter your home and will ask only the questions that appear on the 2010 Census questionnaire. If you are not home when the census taker visits, he or she will leave a contact number, so you can schedule a convenient time to complete the form.

"Be assured that your privacy will be protected, because the census taker who collects your information has sworn a lifetime oath of nondisclosure," added Michael. "The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. Also, by law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, including the IRS, the FBI, the CIA, or any other government agency. I encourage maximum participation with the census officials."

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Eric, I went to your link and viewed the clip and I understood her. Then I checked out the district lines. Every district is broken up so it must be a in every state. Also in Indiana Dist. 4 goes around Bloomington for some unknown reason and Dist.5 on the southern end looks like a machine gun. Both sides want to keep their retirement, we need term limits,or no special retirement and the same health care as the rest of the people.

-- Posted by dirtboy7419 on Sat, Jun 12, 2010, at 8:40 PM

The census workers that were "hired, fired, hired..." are called seasonal workers. There are many, many jobs that are seasonal. What's the big deal?

One person more or less can't make a difference except that if enough people ignore the census then their area will be under-reported compared to areas with higher participation. Complaining about or ignoring the census won't change government. I agree, the government needs change, but the census isn't the venue to do that.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 8:10 AM

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