Budget committee kills money for census outreach

2020 Census / Source: MGN
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget committee has killed Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to spend $1 million in the next state budget to educate hard-to-reach residents about the 2020 census.

Evers' administration says the money would fund outreach efforts to about 500,000 hard-to-reach residents, which the U.S. Census Bureau describes as residents who are hard to contact or hard to persuade to participate.

The $1 million would fund a committee that would work to educate communities about the census. Methods would include placing kiosks in schools and libraries as well as working with volunteers in targeted neighborhoods.

Nine other states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, have authorized spending for similar outreach efforts.

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee didn't vote Tuesday on whether to include the money in the budget. That means the proposal is dead.