Census question could hurt all of us

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When Commerce Secretary Ross announced that the census questionnaire will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, he made a decision that will have a negative impact on residents of the Capital Region and in communities around this country. It might seem like an innocuous question, but it is likely to cause fear in the immigrant community and result in substantial undercounting.Many resource allocation decisions are made on the basis of census data. Money for public safety planning and disaster response, education needs, hospitals, veterans’ assistance, transportation, aid to cities, and much else is allocated at least partially by how many people live where. Our business developers use  census data to choose where and how to invest. Undercounting makes all these decisions less efficient, and thus harms us all.The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County calls on our local officials to speak out and oppose the citizenship question in the 2020 census. We must send a strong message to have Congress reverse this decision and remove the citizenship question from the census. The stakes are too high to allow this unnecessary question to derail the count.Cheryl NechamenSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.last_img read more