Filling out your census costs you time. Not filling it out costs Michigan millions

Filling out your census costs you time. Not filling it out costs Michigan millions

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The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) estimates the state draws one of the highest amounts of federal dollars from the national government in the country. The state budget is made up of 42 percent of federal dollars, which include $15 billion it received for social support programs in just 2015 alone. Such a large proportion of state spending coming from the federal government has officials worried.

“Because what's at stake for Michigan if we don't get this right...” said Joan Gustafson, the external affairs officer with the nonprofit association, “this could blow a huge hole in the Michigan state budget

The Association estimates for every individual not counted on the census, Michigan misses out on $1,800 per person per year. And without efforts to reach some of the hard-to-count populations, those losses can quickly add up.

“If 5,000 young children don't get counted, that's $90 million we're leaving on the table,” she said.

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Fox 2 Detroit
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