Comptrollers and Treasurers from Across the Country Band Together To Protect Census 2020

Comptroller Stringer brings together a bipartisan coalition of Comptrollers and Treasurers from California, Maryland, New York State, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Buffalo, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh


With just three years until the 2020 Census and with President Trump`s proposed budget cuts possibly undermining the U.S. Census Bureau, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has brought together a bipartisan coalition of 12 city and state comptrollers and treasurers from across the United States to stand up and fight back.

Census data is a critical component of Federal grants, data-driven policymaking, and fair elections

In a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders, arguing for fully funding the Census Bureau and filling the vacant Census Bureau Director post, the coalition underscored the importance of accurate census data to Federal programs, policymaking, and democratic elections.
The coalition fighting against President Trump’s efforts to subvert Census 2020 includes California State Controller Betty T. Yee, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Utah State Treasurer David Damschen, Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz, and Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb. That includes the Comptrollers and Treasurers from two of the nation’s largest states — California and New York — and the nation’s two largest cities — New York City and Los Angeles — in the country.
Incorrect census data can have a real impact. The 16 largest Census-guided Federal programs account for roughly $600 billion in aid to states each year. According to a Federal study of eight grant programs, an undercount in the 2000 Census cost 31 states an estimated $4.1 billion over the following decade.


In their letter, the coalition is calling on President Trump and Congress to fully fund the Census Bureau and nominate and confirm qualified candidates for both Census Bureau Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs.