With the 2020 U.S. census quickly approaching, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has devoted an additional $8 million in funding to programs intended to promote participation in the decennial survey. In mid-March, households across the nation will start receiving mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions for responding online, by phone or mail. The Governor has said with this increase in funding that she and her administration want to ensure NM gets it’s rightful share of funding for social and infrastructure programs underwritten by the federal government.
Nearly 41% of New Mexicans live in what the Census Bureau considers “hard to count areas” which is the highest proportion of any state. This is particularly important as an under count of even 1% of New Mexicans would result in a loss of more than $700 million over the next 10 years. Read more HERE.