Capitol Report: Patricia Pike 136th State Rep

CAPITOL REPORT:  REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA PIKE

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Complete Your 2020 Census Form

Dear Citizens:  Time is winding down for citizens to complete their 2020 census form.   Thank you to everyone who has completed their questionnaires and I encourage those who have not to do so.  This year’s census is simple, quick, and easy to complete.

I’d like to highlight the following information from the US Census website about why completing the census questionnaire is so important: “The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Redistricting:  The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Federal Funding – The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.

Business Decisions – The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.  Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer. 

Confidentiality – The Census Bureau is bound by law to keep your information confidential. Violating this law is a federal crime, punishable by prison time and/or a fine of up to $250,000.  The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

You can still complete your form online, by phone, or by mail.  Visit my2020census.gov to begin.” 

Our new summer office hours at the Capitol are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   My legislative assistant, Jeff, and I are available to assist citizens regarding questions and expediting services.  Contact us at 573-751-5388 or e-mail at Patricia.Pike@house.mo.gov.

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