Wisconsin census panel holds first meeting one month before 2020 effort will start
The U.S. Constitution mandates that all people should be counted once every 10 years. A complete and accurate count of all people in Wisconsin is critical as census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are allocated to communities across the country to support programs that support housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce membership director Kit Amidzich, who serves on the committee, wrote in an email that the veteran population is among those that are hard to count, which has ramifications on funding for programs including V.A. home loans, G.I. Bill educational benefits, job training and V.A. health care.
“If people understand that their count matters and they can help make a difference for Wisconsin veterans, then let's get the word out and help boost their participation,” she said. “If we want to continue to be one of the best states for veteran benefits we need to make sure we understand that every single count matters."