Fewer groceries, more debt: Families brace for first month without child tax payments
The child tax credit, part of the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan Act passed last year, distributed as much as $300 per child every month to millions of American families starting in July. The extra pay lasted six months before it lapsed in late December. It would have come this weekend.washingtonpost.com
Retail sales unexpectedly gain in September as consumers keep spending
Consumers spent at a much faster pace than expected in September, defying expectation for a pullback, the Census Bureau reported Friday. Retail sales for the month increased 0.7%, against the Dow Jones estimate for a decline of 0.2%. Excluding auto-related sales, the number rose 0.8%, better than the 0.5% forecast. General merchandise increased 2% while miscellaneous retailers rose 1.8%. As gas prices pushed higher, spending at fuel stations jumped 1.8%, for a 38.2% surge over the past year.cnbc.com
‘Our people are strong and determined,’ says official as Bay County navigates a decreasing and aging population
BAY COUNTY, MI - Bay County and Bay City’s latest Census data showed a continued decrease in the area’s population. In 2010, the Bay City Times previously reported Bay County saw a 2.3% decline since the 2000 census. To view more Census data on Bay County’s municipalities, type “Bay County” into the search field below. With the dip in population also comes another concern for leaders in Bay County -- the area’s aging population. Wilkinson Minerals and representatives from Bay City and Bay Future announced the new amount and tripled investment during Bay Future’s annual meeting in April.mlive.com
Voters sue Wisconsin over district lines after census data's release
A group of Democratic voters in Wisconsin filed suit against the state's elections commission on Friday, asking a federal court in Madison to declare the state's current legislative and congressional districts unconstitutional for use in imminent redistricting efforts.news.yahoo.com
Watchdog: Ross misled on reason for citizenship question
President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary misled Congress about why he sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to an investigation from the Office of Inspector General, but Trump's Justice Department decided not to prosecute. The watchdog agency's probe showed that Wilbur Ross misrepresented the reason for adding a citizenship question to the census questionnaire during two appearances before House committees in March 2018, according to a letter sent last week to congressional leaders by Inspector General Peggy Gustafson. The results of the inspector general's investigation were presented to the Justice Department during Trump's administration, but department attorneys declined prosecution in January 2020.news.yahoo.com
Most unvaccinated people have low incomes
Data: U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey; Note: Does not include respondents who didn't report income; Chart: Axios VisualsMore than half of unvaccinated Americans live in households that make less than $50,000 annually, according to the latest Census Bureau data.Why it matters: Making it easier for the working poor to get the COVID-19 vaccine, without dinging their already-low incomes, could help boost the country's vaccination rates.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscnews.yahoo.com
Michigan Supreme Court denies request to extend redistricting deadline amid census delays
The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied a petition to grant relief to the state’s redistricting panel, who expects to adopt new congressional and legislative maps months later than allowed by the constitution.
Census takers worry that apartment renters were undercounted
Census taker Linda Rothfield's government-issued iPhone kept directing her back to apartments in San Francisco that she already knew were vacant. In a national headcount turned upside down by natural disasters, political turmoil and a deadly virus, apartment renters proved particularly hard to count last year.news.yahoo.com
About 0.7% of Michigan marriages are same-sex couples; see distribution by county
Same-sex couples comprise about 1.1% of Michigan couples who share the same households, which is below the national average of 1.5%, according to U.S. Census estimates. Among Michigan couples who are married, about 0.7% are same-sex couples, the Census estimates. But same-sex couples comprise about 4% of unmarried couples who live together. Nationally, same- and opposite-sex married couple households were more likely than unmarried couple households to have children under 18 present. But same-sex married couple households were about half as likely as opposite-sex married couples to have children.mlive.com
See COVID-19 vaccination rate in your Michigan neighborhood, based on Census tract data
So below is a map showing vaccination rates as of May 22 based on Michigan’s 2,600-plus Census tracts. Likewise, Census tracts that include correctional facilities also have inaccurate vaccination rates. That’s because inmates are included in the Census population figures but their vaccination numbers but they are not part of the county-level vaccination data. You can search by county to see the Census tracts ranked in that county by their vaccination rate. Next are a series of maps labeled with Census tract numbers.mlive.com
Pompeo says evidence suggests coronavirus originated from Wuhan lab, risk of bioterror ‘very real’
Current evidence still suggests that the coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, warning that the risk of bioweapons and bioterror arising from the region is “very real.”news.yahoo.com
Fear grows Biden is doing too much, too fast
President Biden looks at his notes as he speaks on his American Jobs Plan in Lake Charles, La., on May 6. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Some Democrats and economists have begun to worry that President Biden, intent on FDR-like transformation of a wounded America, is doing too much, too fast.Why it matters: Some economists fear that all this spending will crank up inflation, and put Biden’s economic legacy at risk.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeYou see this in complaints by employers— along with some early data, and loads of anecdotal evidence —that people aren't taking jobs because of the boost to unemployment payments.You see this in the news that budget deficits in states weren't nearly as bad as expected. "Let the good times roll!" says an L.A. Times headline this weekend. "Gusher of stimulus funds a gift for governors like Gavin Newsom." Yet Biden still wants to spend more. Larry Summers — who was Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, and started warning about inflation in February — told Axios he's more concerned than he was several months ago."Data are pointing more towards higher inflation than I expected, and sooner."The other side: The White House contends that more Americans will join the labor force when the country is fully vaccinated and everyone feels safe going back to work.The White House also is banking on schools reopening in the fall, allowing working parents to look for jobs instead of looking after their kids, Zooming away in virtual class.As for inflation, White House officials insist that it'll be temporary. They don’t buy the view that enhanced unemployment insurance is encouraging workers to stay at home. But they hint that higher wages might be needed to convince some Americans to look for work.Some Democrats have begun arguing behind the scenes that Biden needs to show Americans credible evidence that tax increases will be timed with the spending."If the spending is coming up front, and the taxes are coming down the road, then on net, that's going to add fuel to the fire," Summers said.But Summers mostly blames the Fed for rising prices: "I think it is bizarre to be buying $40 billion a month of mortgage securities, when the housing market is on fire."More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freenews.yahoo.com
Despite population increase, DC suspects a census undercount
Officials in the nation's capital are questioning the results of the 2020 census, which show a large boost in population but not as high as they had expected. The city government and members of the D.C. Council are suggesting an undercount — something that plays into local sensitivities, as Washington, D.C., has long bristled under its quasi-territorial status and is in the midst of a resurgent push for statehood. The confusion comes from the Census Bureau itself, which releases annual population estimates.news.yahoo.com
GOP reps question Biden admin on alleged 'political interference' in census, citing departure from estimates
EXCLUSIVE: A group of House Republicans Friday are questioning Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on if there "was any political interference" in the final census numbers used to decide how many House members each state will get for the coming decade.foxnews.com
Census Bureau's new deadline to deliver data likely to impact 2021 and 2022 elections
The Census Bureau recently announced another delay and now plans to deliver redistricting data to states by September 30, promising this would be the last time the date slips. COVID-19 dragged out census data collection and processing well beyond their original deadlines in late 2020, making it more difficult for states and candidates to plan for elections in 2021 and 2022. All states must complete congressional redistricting before the 2022 elections. Republicans control congressional maps in 18 states, while Democrats control seven states, the Brennan Center's Michael Li notes. The Texas legislature ends its regular session on May 31, months before any redistricting data will be delivered.cbsnews.com
Businesses face hard decisions on whether, when to hire
Small businesses accounted for 47% of employment at U.S. companies, according to the most recent business census, in 2017. AdSince then, small businesses have added about 6.2 million jobs, the most recent ADP data show. More than 12% of small businesses cut jobs in the week ending Jan. 10. If the years following the Great Recession are an indicator, small businesses will be slow to staff up again once the economy improves. Even business owners who are hiring, such as restaurants looking forward to reopening when it’s safe to have indoor dining, are cautious.
Litigants take more cooperative approach in census lawsuit
FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. The census data are used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets and the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year. The coalition's legal fight forced the once-a-decade head count to continue two weeks pas t what the Trump administration had wanted. AdThe coalition was seeking data and documents to help assess the accuracy of the 2020 census, saying a shortened timeline for processing the data would compromise its quality. However, that deal did not include the motion by the coalition demanding information about how the Census Bureau collected 2020 census data, and a panel of three magistrate judges granted the coalition's motion to compel last week.
Michigan school districts ranked by family structure: See percent of households headed by married vs. single parents
About two-thirds of Michigan children under 18 live in a household headed by a married couple, based on Census Bureau estimates for 2019. 89% of Michigan children live in a household headed by their parents. In a ranking of districts based on estimated percent of households headed by a married couple, the top districts appear to be small rural districts. Below is an interactive map shaded by 2015-19 Census estimates of household with children headed by a married couple. Also on MLive:Michigan school districts ranked by median family income: See state’s richest, poorest districtsMichigan school districts ranked by educational attainment: See percent of adults who are college gradsRestaurants reopen today for indoor dining – here are Michigan’s new rulesmlive.com
Census delay helps GOP in one statehouse, Dems in another
In past decades, the Census Bureau has given Virginia and New Jersey priority in receiving their redistricting data so they can complete the process in time to run their elections. That’s too late to accommodate Virginia and New Jersey, so they will have little choice but to conduct elections this year under the existing boundaries. He said if legislative redistricting were rushed in time for the 2021 election, it would likely be with incomplete census data. AdThe House of Delegates lines that were created in 2011 were drawn by a Republican-controlled chamber to benefit the GOP. That in turn fueled a Democratic gain of six seats in the 2019 House elections, flipping the chamber to Democratic control.
US House data not ready until April, states' data after July
The new goal for finishing data processing for the apportionment numbers used for congressional seats is now April 30. The delay in the release of redistricting data could be problematic for states that have deadlines this year for redrawing their districts. New Jersey was prepared for such a scenario, with voters last fall approving a constitutional amendment that would address late-arriving redistricting data. One other option includes using other data sets for redistricting and then reconciling those data sets with the redistricting data the Census Bureau releases after July, Williams said. Gina Raimondo has been picked by Biden to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau.
Commerce Secretary nominee Gina Raimondo vows to "take politics out" of census
Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images"I, like you, believe we need to take the politics out of the census, and we need to rely on the experts," she said. While she is focused on American manufacturing and climate change, she said the country must first "immediately address the economic damage" caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "I believe that climate change is probably the greatest threat we face, and also there's an opportunity to create jobs as we combat climate change," Raimondo said, in response to questioning. According to Johns Hopkins data, Rhode Island has conducted the most COVID-19 tests per capita of any state in the country. Before she was elected governor, Raimondo was also elected to be the state's treasurer in 2010.cbsnews.com
Michigan school districts ranked by median family income: See state’s richest, poorest districts
East Grand Rapids is currently Michigan’s wealthiest school district, according to new Census data. That’s based on median family income, using the Census Bureau’s five-year average for 2015-19. The median is $163,500 for families living in the East Grand Rapids school district, compared to a state median of $72,600. Below is an interactive map shaded specifically by 2015-19 estimated average median income for families with children. If you search by county, you’ll see a ranking of school districts in that county.mlive.com
Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats
Bureau workers laboring to comply with the Trump order were instructed to “'stand down' and discontinue their data reviews," Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said in a memo. That revised deadline dealt another blow to the apportionment order because it is weeks after Trump leaves office and President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Jan. 20. Census Bureau directors have five-year terms and Dillingham's tenure isn't done until the end of the year. Whistleblowers told the Office of Inspector General that the Census Bureau has not set rules for categorizing the citizenship status of U.S. residents. “Presently, the Census Bureau’s highest priority is to successfully complete 2020 Census data processing in order to produce a complete and accurate count for the nation," Dillingham said.
For younger workers, the coronavirus has been a disaster
The economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented in many respects, but all too familiar in one: The crisis has taken a particular toll on young workers. Young workers were among those hit hardest by the coronavirus shutdown this spring. Another one-fifth of young workers were in the retail sector, which is down 680,000 jobs since the spring. And we lost that business, all of those students were out of a job," Stevens said at a recent roundtable discussion with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. One in five working parents isn't working in order to take care of their children, the Census Bureau found this summer.cbsnews.com
Census Bureau to miss year-end deadline to turn in population count
"The delay suggests that the census bureau needs more time to ensure the accuracy of census numbers for all states," said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a former congressional staffer who specializes in census issues. The Commerce Department oversees the Census Bureau, which conducts the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident. After the pandemic caused hiring shortages and prompted the Census Bureau to suspend field operations in the spring, the statistical agency asked Congress for extensions. The Office of Inspector General said the Census Bureau failed to complete 355,000 re-interviews of households to verify their information was accurate. Former Census Bureau director John Thompson said the quality of the data is "the overarching issue" facing the bureau.cbsnews.com
US Census Bureau to miss deadline for the first time
It will be the first time the Census Bureau has missed the deadline to turn in its numbers since it was created in 1976. READ: Census Bureau to miss deadline, jeopardizing Trump planData from the census is key for a variety of reasons such as federal funding for states, but it determines what kind of representation a state has in Congress. Michigan could lose 1 House seat, census estimate showsPreliminary numbers from the U.S. census indicate Michigan could lose clout in Washington, D.C. and in the Electoral College. While Michigan’s population grew about 1% since the last census in 2010, the national average for population growth was 6% this year. The final census numbers are not official, but the preliminary numbers put Michigan’s population at 9,986,857 versus the 9,884,116 in 2010.
Michigan could lose 1 House seat, census estimate shows
DETROIT – Preliminary numbers from the U.S. census indicate Michigan could lose clout in Washington, D.C. and in the Electoral College. While Michigan’s population grew about 1% since the last census in 2010, the national average for population growth was 6% this year. READ: US population growth smallest in at least 120 yearsThe final census numbers are not official, but the preliminary numbers put Michigan’s population at 9,986,857 versus the 9,884,116 in 2010. Detroit’s population estimate for 2020 is 670,031 people -- down from 713,898 -- which means it’s probable the congressional map will be redrawn and Michigan will lose a seat in the House of Representatives, lowering the number of Michigan representatives from 14 to 13. The loss of congressional seat also means a reduction of electoral votes for the state, from 16 to 15.
Census Bureau to miss deadline, jeopardizing Trump plan
“The delay suggests that the census bureau needs more time to ensure the accuracy of census numbers for all states,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a former congressional staffer who specializes in census issues. The Commerce Department oversees the Census Bureau, which conducts the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident. They like to maintain the schedule, but that can’t be a priority for them," said Kenneth Prewitt, a former Census Bureau director during President Bill Clinton's administration. The Office of Inspector General said the Census Bureau failed to complete 355,000 re-interviews of households to verify their information was accurate. Former Census Bureau director John Thompson said the quality of the data is “the overarching issue” facing the Census Bureau.
With deadline looming, group wants more census documents
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. The Supreme Court two weeks ago dismissed a challenge to Trump's order in a separate lawsuit from New York, saying it was premature. On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of two other lawsuits, and overturned their decisions, in California and Maryland where judges had blocked Trump's order. The Supreme Court's decision is allowing the plan to move forward, but the Census Bureau has admitted discovering data irregularities in recent weeks that put Thursday's deadline in jeopardy. When asked this week whether it would meet Thursday's deadline, the Census Bureau referred to a website that said, “The Census Bureau is working hard to process the data in order to deliver complete and accurate state population counts as close to the December 31, 2020, statutory deadline as possible."
High court rules challenge to Trump census plan is premature
The Supreme Court has dismissed as premature a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot states seats in the House of Representatives. But the courts decision Friday is not a final ruling on the matter and it's not clear whether Trump will receive final numbers from the Census Bureau before he leaves office next month. If the president still has not received final census numbers by the time Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20, Trump's plan will be effectively dead because Biden is extremely unlikely to pursue it. The three liberal justices dissented, saying the effort to exclude people in the country from the population for divvying up House seats is unlawful. "This ruling does not authorize President Trump’s goal of excluding undocumented immigrants from the census count used to apportion the House of Representatives.
Census numbers-crunching documents at center of latest fight
Government attorneys had asked Koh over the weekend to reconsider her order to release the documents or put it on hold. Last week, Koh ordered the government attorneys to produce documents that show details of the Census Bureau ’s plans, procedures and schedules for the numbers-crunching phase of the 2020 census. Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the committee's chair, has alleged that the Republican Trump administration is blocking the release of full, unredacted documents she requested about data anomalies. The Census Bureau has admitted discovering data irregularities in recent weeks that put the Dec. 31 deadline in jeopardy. Besides being used for apportionment and redistricting, the 2020 census numbers will help determine the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending.
House committee issues subpoena for Census documents
The congressional committee that oversees the Census Bureau issued a subpoena Thursday to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, seeking documents related to data irregularities that threaten to upend a yearend deadline for submitting numbers used for divvying up congressional seats. The anomalies will likely force a delay of several weeks past a Dec. 31 deadline for the Census Bureau to turn in the congressional apportionment numbers. In a letter last week, Maloney wrote that the Commerce Department — which oversees the Census Bureau — missed a Nov. 24 deadline to give the documents to the committee. The Census Bureau said last week that the data irregularities affect only a tiny percentage of the records and are being resolved as quickly as possible. The House committee has obtained three new internal agency documents showing the Census Bureau plans to deliver the apportionment numbers to the president no earlier than Jan. 23, which would be shortly after Trump leaves office and President-elect Joe Biden takes over.
High court takes up census case, as other count issues loom
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo an American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. It's the latest, and likely the last, Trump administration hard-line approach to immigration issues to reach the high court. Will the quality of the census data be hurt by a shortened schedule, a pandemic and natural disasters? Will a lame-duck Senate pass legislation that could extend deadlines for turning in census numbers?
Anomalies found in data put census deadline in jeopardy
The Census Bureau already was facing a shortened schedule of two and a half months for processing the data collected during the 2020 census — about half the time originally planned. The Census Bureau would not say Thursday what the anomalies were or publicly state if there would be a new deadline for the apportionment numbers. “These types of processing anomalies have occurred in past censuses," Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said in a statement. “I am directing the Census Bureau to utilize all resources available to resolve this as expeditiously as possible. “The notion that the 2020 Census data could be processed in half the time scheduled given all the obstacles & challenges that Census Bureau encountered defies logic."
Census case that led to head count halt heads back to court
A month after the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to end the 2020 head count of every U.S. resident, the case that propelled the ruling was back in a district court Friday, with advocacy groups and the Trump administration heading towards a full trial early next year. Koh's preliminary injunction in September halted efforts by the Census Bureau to finish the head count at the end of September, allowing it at the time to continue until the end of October. However, Department of Justice attorneys appealed, and the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration a month ago, allowing it to end field operations for the 2020 census. An appellate court for the time being suspended the part of Koh's injunction dealing with the Dec. 31 apportionment deadline. Department of Justice attorneys on behalf of the Trump administration said the court shouldn't get involved with day-to-day census operations that could interfere with the Census Bureau's efforts to meet the congressionally-mandated Dec. 31 deadline.
Metro Detroit officials preparing plans to challenge 2020 Census results
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced Wednesday they’re preparing to challenge the result of the 2020 Census. City and state officials argued that more time was needed to count due to the hurdles posed by COVID-19. The city of Detroit is in a lawsuit against the federal government to prove it counted Detroit properly. It is basically preemptively challenging the Census Bureau into proving Detroit was properly counted and thereby forcing congressional oversight over the Bureau. Click here to learn more about the U.S. CensusClick here to see more national and state census response data
2nd group of judges blocks Trump order on House seats count
The Trump administration has appealed the New York decision to the Supreme Court, and the nation's high court agreed to hear the case next month. The Department of Justice, which is representing the Trump administration, didn't immediately respond to an email inquiry Thursday. Any appeal can bypass an appellate court and go straight to the Supreme Court. Department of Justice attorneys appealed to the Supreme Court, which last week allowed the Trump administration to end the census. In the order, Trump said that allowing people in the country illegally to be counted for apportionment undermines the principles of representative democracy.
Abrupt census deadline may cost Michigan $300 million in federal funding, Congressional seats
The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been shifting back and forth due to the coronavirus pandemic and numerous court rulings. Each Michigan resident counted in the census accounts for $3,000 in federal funding provided to the state. However, federal funding for states are based on the entire state’s census response rate, not just the response from individual communities. States are essentially competing against one another for federal funding associated with the census. The 2020 Census is a 9-question survey designed to count the population across the country and five U.S. territories.
Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count
After the Supreme Court's decision, the Census Bureau said field operations would end on Thursday. At issue was a request by the Trump administration that the Supreme Court suspend a lower court's order extending the 2020 census through the end of October following delays caused by the pandemic. “A census count delayed is justice denied," Liccardo said. The Census Bureau says it has counted 99.9% of households nationwide, though some regions of the country such as parts of Mississippi and hurricane-battered Louisiana fall well below that. “That said, the Supreme Court’s order will result in irreversible damage to the 2020 Census," Clarke said.
Appellate judges let 2020 census continue through October
ORLANDO, Fla. – A panel of three appellate judges on Wednesday upheld a lower court order allowing the 2020 head count of every U.S. resident to continue through October. Koh also struck down an Oct. 5 end date that the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, had pushed after the injunction, saying it violated her order. “The courts keep speaking even if the Trump administration is not listening,” said Julie Menin, who heads New York City’s census outreach efforts. The proposal to extend the apportionment deadline passed the Democratic-controlled House, but the Republican-controlled Senate didn’t take up the request. The appellate judges also noted that just because the Dec. 31 deadline can’t be met practically doesn’t mean the court should require the Census Bureau to miss it.
Census takers: We're being told to finish early, cut corners
A San Francisco census taker, whose name was redacted in the email, was instructed to turn in census equipment on Wednesday since field operations were ending. The census taker asked the judge to order the Census Bureau to stop laying off census takers, also called enumerators, so that the head count will continue through October as the judge had ordered. Another census taker, who only was identified as “Mr. Instead, they said they wanted full compliance with the judge's order, arguing the Trump administration had violated it “several times over." The complaints by the census takers echo concerns that other census takers have made to The Associated Press over the past week.
Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat
But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state. But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state. Experts say a second House seat is a prize the state can scarcely afford to lose. In an August report, the bureau stated it needed 2,000 census takers, also called enumerators, to complete Montana's count. An extension would give Montana's enumerators a chance to overcome these challenges, getting closer to the coveted second House seat.
Federal judge extends count for US census until end of October
DETROIT – Just before midnight, a federal judge ruled the count for the U.S. census will not end next week. Census workers and households have until the end of October to get the form filled out. “That extends the door knocking,” said Victoria Kovari, from the city of Detroit census. “It extends the website response, the phone lines, etc.”In April, the Census Bureau announced operations would be extended until the end of October because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Congress could still act to extend the time the Census Bureau has to deliver the population count beyond Dec. 31.
Judge rules 2020 census must continue for another month
Previously, the Census Bureau had only half that time for data processing, from the start of October until the end of December. The San Jose, California-based judge earlier this month issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Census Bureau from winding down field operations until she ruled. Attorneys for the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce said Friday they would file an appeal and asked the judge to suspend the injunction while that happens. The bureau was facing a shortfall in census takers after large numbers reported for training but then dropped out. “Every day that the 2020 Census count continues, and Census operations appropriately continue, will help ensure the accuracy and completeness of this once-in-a-decade tally.”___Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeSchneiderAP.
Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census
The Census Bureau is contending with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nations once-a-decade headcount. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)ORLANDO, Fla. – Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation's once-a-decade headcount. A coalition of cities and civil rights groups are suing in federal court in San Jose, seeking an extra month. “This is not usually the time of the year that the Census Bureau is doing the counting." In some places where census takers cannot go out, they are trying to reach households by phone, according to Census Bureau officials.
Detroit’s Census push moves into city’s barber shops, salons
DETROIT – “Direction Salon is the one stop beauty shop, where you can come and get anything from color, cuts, facial waxing,” said Nicole Williams with Direction Salon. And now, a chance to fill out your 2020 Census form if you haven’t already. RELATED: Detroit to lose $18k in funding for each person who doesn’t fill out 2020 US CensusNicole Williams is a stylist with Direction Salon on Grand River Avenue in Downtown. She said the hair shop is participating in the local Census 2020 Campaign, reminding people to fill out the form. The current deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is September 30.
'It's going horribly': College towns fret about census count
The confusion has enormous implications for college towns, which may face severe shortfalls in federal dollars and a dilution of political power. The Census Bureau sought the help of college administrators in getting rosters for off-campus students who left town, but only half of the schools cooperated. From Tempe to places like Bloomington, Indiana, and Gainesville, Florida, the looming undercount could harm college towns across the country. The Census Bureau says college students should be counted where they would have been on April 1 at school if not for the outbreak. College students overwhelm the demography of places with large universities, Poston said.
Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count
Some predict a historic undercount of Native Americans in this year's census as the coronavirus complicates efforts to encourage participation. Only 24% of residents of Montana tribal areas had been counted as of Sept. 1, woefully lagging the national rate of 85%. The distances, language barriers and wariness of giving up details about sometimes-crowded living conditions have long made it difficult to get an accurate census count, especially given a distrust of the federal government rooted in a history of broken treaties. But the Census Bureau estimated those living on reservations were undercounted by 4.9%, twice as much as any other group. Most people filled out this year's census online, another challenge in tribal areas where many homes don't have internet access.
Deadline for 2020 Census approaching: Here’s everything Michiganders should know
If you haven’t yet responded to this year’s census, you can:respond to the 2020 Census online here,respond to the 2020 Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020, orby mail by filling out the questionnaire that was mailed to your household. Click here for more current census response data..2020 Census response rate in MichiganThe national 2020 Census response rate is currently 65.3%. Mackinac, Oscoda, Keweenaw and Lake counties have response rates of 33% and below -- the lowest response rates in the state. Here are a few notable rankings:#4 - Huntington Woods , 93.3% census response rate#22 - Pleasant Ridge , 90.9% census response rate#41 - East Grand Rapids , 89.9% census response rate#48 - Beverly Hills , 89.5% census response rate#60 - Lathrup Village , 89.1% census response rate#66 - Berkley , 88.9% census response rate#102 - Grosse Pointe Woods , 87.7% census response rate#146 - Grosse Pointe Farms, 87% census response rate2020 Census response rate in Wayne County, DetroitThough among the region of higher census response rates, Wayne County has maintained a low census response rate this year -- a problem the county has faced before. Read: Abrupt census deadline may cost Michigan $300 million in federal funding, Congressional seatsThe U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year asked Congress to push the census response deadline from July to the end of October.
Census Bureau must temporarily halt winding down operations.
The U.S. Census Bureau has spent much of the past year defending itself against allegations that its duties have been overtaken by politics. Scott Applewhite, File)ORLANDO, Fla. A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Census Bureau for the time being to stop following a plan that would have had it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September. The federal judge in San Jose late Saturday issued a temporary restraining order against the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the agency. The order stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing is held on Sept. 17. The coalition had argued the earlier deadline would cause the Census Bureau to overlook minority communities in the census, leading to an inaccurate count.