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Wed June 29, 2011
Dozens of cities could contest 2010 census
Detroit is among a group of dozens of cities that could challenge 2010 census numbers according to the Associated Press.
From the article:
With jobs and federal aid at stake, dozens of U.S. cities — including Detroit — are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as too low.
A decade ago, there were 1,200 challenges filed by cities and counties. Based on feedback so far, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is predicting a big jump in that number. That's because tighter budgets are making local officials more sensitive to drop-offs in federal money for Medicaid and other programs.
Nearly $450 billion in federal aid is distributed to states based on population each year, or roughly $1,500 per person.
Detroit, New York, Houston, and Miami all plan to challenge the census.
-Brian Short, Michigan Radio Newsroom