Don’t Let Texas Fall Behind: Why We Need a Statewide Complete Count Committee

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This week, CPPP, along with the National Association of Latino and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) urged state leaders to support a robust strategy to make sure Texans are counted in the 2020 Census. As a state with a larger population of hard-to-count communities than most other states, Texas is at risk of losing out on the federal funding and representation we deserve if Texans are counted with less accuracy than residents of other states.

What’s at Stake?

Texas communities have been historically undercounted. Billions of dollars in federal aid over the next decade depend on the accuracy of the Census, including significant support for health care, housing, transportation, food and more. Being undercounted by even one percent in 2020 could result in a significant loss in federal funding for Texas—at least $300 million a year.

In 2010, significant undercounts occurred in areas across Texas, including in portions of:

  • Large metropolitan areas
  • College towns
  • Rural counties
  • Communities along the Texas/Mexico border

Don’t let Texas fall behind.

Many other states have already made significant commitments to ensure an accurate and full count of their states during Census 2020 to make sure they don’t lose out on critical federal tax dollars or Congressional representation. It’s time for current Texas leaders to make the same commitment to protecting our voice, our quality of life, and our economy.

Check out CPPP’s latest fact sheet and read our testimony from this week’s Office of the Texas Secretary of State budget hearing to learn more.

Luis Figueroa joined the Center in 2018 as the first Legislative and Policy Director. In this important new role, Luis oversees CPPP's comprehensive legislative strategy and leads our distinguished team of policy experts. He was previously General Counsel for Texas State Senator José Rodríguez and Executive Director of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus. Previously, he served as the Legislative Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he worked from 2004 to 2013. A proud Texan from El Paso, Luis received the 2013 MALDEF Award for services performed on behalf of the Latino community in pursuit of social justice, the 2011 Champion of Equality and Justice Award from LULAC, and the 2009 Spirit of Change Award by State Rep. Joaquin Castro, among other honors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communications with a concentration in American Politics and Law from Trinity University in San Antonio, and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Texas School Of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

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