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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Decision on the CensusCouncilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Decision on the Census<div class="ExternalClass46AD486CDB0C4D74AE477DE9C2E37439"><p>​"This week the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire.  The U.S. Justice Department requested the citizenship question to help determine possible violations of the Voting Rights Act.  It will be the first time since 1950 a question regarding citizenship will be included in the census questionnaire.  The Constitution requires every resident be counted in the decennial census whether or not they are a citizen.</p><p>The results are not just used to redraw political boundaries from school boards to Congressional seats, but, more importantly, census numbers are used to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for cities and states.<br></p><p>The city of Phoenix has estimated for every person counted, it will receive $505 annually. That adds up to $816 million in State shared revenue and Federal funding.  Having an accurate count is vital for the city as it determines the amount of money it will receive to help fund important programs and services our citizens count on."<br></p></div>3/28/2018 5:40:00 PMNick Valenzuela 602-495-5405