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Why Florida Needs Every Person Counted for Census 2020

January 16, 2020

by Mark Brewer, Central Florida Foundation

As we enter a new decade, the solution is not to just raise more money via philanthropy. Federal and state dollars already exist for many of these issues, and they are at risk of being left on the table.

To ensure more resources are available, every person in our state must be heard or, in this case, counted. Everything from the number of representatives Florida has in the House to our share of $600 billion in funding to state and local governments for Medicaid, education, transportation, housing, law enforcement and more are tied to an accurate count of our citizens — not to mention the data used by government, business and the nonprofit sector to understand our growing population and its needs.

The Census 2020 is one of the most important pieces of data collection that directly will affect Central Florida’s next 10 years.

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