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DeSantis’s Census Failure Could Cost Floridians


Ron DeSantis finally announced a Census committee — making Florida one of the last states to do so and without committing any money to the effort, which could have serious consequences on Florida’s Federal funding. The Associated Press reported that the 2020 Census could result in Florida gaining up to two congressional seats.

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, chastised DeSantis for his lack of action and political motivations:

“Governor Ron DeSantis has dragged his feet on preparing the Sunshine State for the 2020 Census. Now that he has finally heeded calls to create a committee, we learn it isn’t even properly funded.

Florida is the third most populous state in the country, and the Census cannot be done last minute. DeSantis’s procrastination could result in many Floridians not being counted, and that puts at risk federal dollars and additional congressional seats.”

Tampa Bay Times. 1/7/2020. Ron DeSantis: Florida to help census after all. But is it too late?

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