CENSUS GUY DEFENDS COST
ALL $14.5 BILLION
Counting all the people costs a lot of money.
I got a few minutes via satellite with Dr. Robert Groves, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau. He addressed the importance of filling out the census form. He mentioned that in 2000, Milwaukee's estimated participation was only 70%. (Of course that begs the question: if you know that... why did you need to do the census in the first place?)
Mostly, though, I tried to get some insight on why counting people costs so much money. The estimated cost of the 2010 Census operation is $14.5 billion. That's about $10 billion more than the 2000 Census. It's nearly 50 bucks a head to count every man woman and child.
Here's the segment of our interview we aired on our Noon show. It begins with his response to my question about why the Bureau sent those letters a week ago... telling us to watch our mailboxes.