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Smart Talk Tuesday; Census 2020 and Pennsylvania cities raise the alarm for funding

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, wearing a face covering printed with the words

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Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, wearing a face covering printed with the words "2020 Census," testified before the House oversight committee Wednesday that the bureau plans to finish counting "as soon as possible" despite career officials previously saying they need until Oct. 31 to finish a complete national head count.

In March, Pennsylvania homes received mailed invitations to complete the 2020 Census.  

The count continues and census takers are now visiting communities to collect information from residents who have not sent in the mailed questionnaire 

There is a lot at stake to make certain everyone is counted, including future Congressional representation and billions of dollars in federal funding. 

Norman Bristol Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission appears on Smart Talk to provide a status of the Census count.  

Visit My Census 2020 for information about how to register for the Census.

It will take a long time for Pennsylvania to economically recover from the pandemic’s impact. Cities and municipalities across the state say that there is no time to wait for a recovery and are pleading for help now.  

Losses from tax revenues and business closures are signaling big problems ahead. Rick Schuettler is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Municipal League and he joins Smart Talk to spotlight the economic issues facing municipalities if no additional aid is received.  


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