GUILLEN SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN ACCURACY OF CENSUS COUNT
Stresses Importance With Respect to Funding
AUSTIN - Amongst discussion of the addition of a citizenship inquiry to the 2020 Census, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) expresses his support for efforts to protect the accuracy of the decennial census count.
"South Texas already faces several difficulties when it comes to producing an accurate census count," said Guillen. "Adding a question to the 2020 Census regarding citizenship status could lead to significant underreporting. I plan to support efforts that would ensure the census count is as accurate as possible."
Underreporting of the population count has substantial financial implications. Since the last decennial census count in 2010, each individual who was not counted cost the state of Texas thousands of dollars in federal funding. Data gathered by the 2020 Census will affect community investment decisions made by those in every level of government, the private sector, and non-profit groups.
Guillen is working to make sure that the population is not underrepresented in the 2020 Census count and that South Texas communities will receive sufficient funding.
"I will take all measures necessary to ensure that our census data, and consequently our funding, is not unfairly impacted in any way," said Guillen.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen