The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported more deeply today on Arkansas’s poor effort to get its people counted in the 2020 Census.
The state of Arkansas — currently sitting on a $1.5 billion surplus (more if you count other squirreled-away money) — spent ZERO to encourage Census response. Cost: About $5.25 billion in lost federal money over the next decade for the estimated 5 percent (150,000) undercount. Some of the undercount is blamed on the rural population and a lack of broadband access in those areas. Arkansas, of course, isn’t alone in those categories.
The transformed and streamlined Hutchinson administration at work.