Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


1990 Census Shortchanges California, Billions Lost
Hispanics Represent Nearly Half the Undercount

March 2, 1999


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today expressed concern that due to the undercount in the 1990 census, California lost $2.2 billion in population based formula grants according to a General Accounting Office (GAO) estimate. "We are talking about initiatives like School Lunch, Head Start, WIC (Women Infants Children) and Title 1 not getting the full funding needed to meet the demands in our community. It is an outrage to think that children are being shortchanged because of an incorrect headcount," Pelosi said.

"What happened in 1990 was wrong, now let's not make the same mistake in 2000. We need to have an accurate headcount and sampling is the best way to ensure that California and all the states get exactly what they deserve," Pelosi said.

California was hurt the most of any state by the undercount, losing $2,660 for each person missed. The Census Bureau reports that people of Hispanic origin accounted for nearly half of those missed in California (395,000 out of 835,000).

Rep. Pelosi commended Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) for requesting the GAO study.


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