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Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Census 2020 Citizenship Question DecisionStatement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Census 2020 Citizenship Question Decision<div class="ExternalClass8DF86DF6163C4212BF71123B1D95A4DD"><p>​“Last May, the City joined a lawsuit to voice our opposition to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census survey. Joining this lawsuit required minimal resources and sent a strong message to our residents that everyone in our city matters. </p><p>Today, the United States Supreme Court stated there was sufficient reason for concern about the reasons why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question to the census therefore blocking the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. We know the addition of this question would have negatively impacted a full count in our region and unnecessarily alienated a segment of our population. <br></p><p>This is a victory for the Phoenix community, but now we must get to work. It is important that every person in our city be counted in the 2020 Census. Having an accurate count is vital for the City as the census determines the distribution of millions of dollars in federal and state funds for programs and services our residents rely on. I look forward to working with our regional partners and our community in ensuring we get a complete count." <br></p><p>​<br></p></div>6/27/2019 5:10:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405