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1990 CENSUS PROCEDURES AND DEMOGRAPHIC

IMPACT ON THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

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CHAS RECORD ONLY:

HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

JUNE 24, 1988

Serial No. 100-72

Printed for the use of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service

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COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

WILLIAM D. FORD, Michigan, Chairman WILLIAM (BILL) CLAY, Missouri

GENE TAYLOR, Missouri PATRICIA SCHROEDER, Colorado

BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, New York STEPHEN J. SOLARZ, New York

CHARLES PASHAYAN, JR., California ROBERT GARCIA, New York

FRANK HORTON, New York MICKEY LELAND, Texas

JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana GUS YATRON, Pennsylvania

DON YOUNG, Alaska MARY ROSE OAKAR, Ohio

DAN BURTON, Indiana GERRY SIKORSKI, Minnesota

CONSTANCE A. MORELLA, Maryland FRANK MCCLOSKEY, Indiana GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York MERVYN M. DYMALLY, California MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona RON DE LUGO, Virgin Islands

Tom DEYULIA, Staff Director

ROBERT E. LOCKHART, General Counsel
PATRICIA F. RISSLER, Deputy Staff Director and Chief Clerk

JOSEPH A. FISHER, Minority Staff Director

CONTENTS

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1990 CENSUS PROCEDURES AND DEMOGRAPHIC

IMPACT ON THE STATE OF MICHIGAN

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 1988

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE,

Washington, DC. The committee met at 9 a.m., in Guild Hall of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, Hon. William D. Ford, chairman, presid

ing.

OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN FORD Mr. FORD. In less than 21 months, the Bureau of the Census will conduct the bicentennial census of population and housing. The results will have a great impact on our Nation and society. They will be used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, and to redraw the district boundaries. They will also be used to determine state legislative seats, local city and county council seats and a host of other positions. They will be the bases for distributing billions of dollars' worth of Federal and state aid.

For example, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which Congress just reauthorized provides for Federal aid to school districts based on the number of children living in families whose income is below the poverty level. The data for this determination come right out of the decennial census.

Because this exercise is very important, public participation is a key factor in its success. Even though the form may seem complicated, it is really quite straightforward and will only take a few moments to complete. In any large scale operation such as the census there are of course going to be disputes.

Today we are here to review two of these disputes. Some have argued that undocumented aliens should not be included in the count the way they have been during the past several censuses. Others say that the census suffers from differential undercounts which are unfair to minorities and those living in large cities.

Mr. Dymally and a number of other Members of Congress have introduced H.R. 3511 which would require the Secretary of Commerce to adjust the population data to correct for any undercount or overcount.

Mr. Petri and a number of other Members of Congress have introduced H.R. 3639 which would require the Secretary of Commerce to make adjustment in the final census count to ensure that illegal aliens not be counted.

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