STATEMENT FROM JONATHAN WEINHAGEN REGARDING US SUPREME COURT RULING ON CITIZENSHIP QUESTION
The following is a statement from Minneapolis Regional Chamber President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen, co-chair of the Minnesota Complete Count Committee, a statewide effort to encourage participation in the 2020 U.S. Census, regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the citizenship question on the 2020 census:
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court is blocking the untested and unnecessary citizenship question proposed as part of the 2020 census.
Allowing the citizenship question to be included in the census would result in a count that is less accurate. As I testified to before a congressional subcommittee last week, good census information is the basis not just for government decisions, but also investment and operational decisions for businesses throughout our region. We are concerned that the citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, regardless of their citizenship status, and jeopardize the accuracy of the census.
"An inaccurate census will hurt our businesses, and a census that miscounts immigrants will hurt Minnesota disproportionately. We need every person living in Minnesota to be part of an accurate census in 2020. An undercount could cause issues of funding for communities across our state."