skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Air pollution linked to coal plants more deadly than previously thought; Israel-Hamas truce extends as aid reaches Gaza; high school seniors face big college application challenges.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Republicans differ on January 6th footage, Speaker Johnson says any Ukraine funding must include changes to border policy and former New Jersey Governor Christie says former President Trump is fueling anti-Semitism and hate.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural low income youth, especially boys, experience greater economic mobility than those in cities, a new government rule should help level the playing field for small poultry growers, and the Kansas Governor wants her state to expand Medicaid.

Study: Census Undercount Deprives AZ Latinos of Funding, Political Clout

play audio
Play

Tuesday, May 3, 2022   

A recent report found the 2020 census significantly undercounted Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups, costing Arizona millions of federal dollars over the next decade.

The Brookings Institution study found in 2020, the undercount of Latinos was about 5%, three times larger than the undercount in 2010.

Activists say Latino families with children may lose access to benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP, Children's Health Insurance and the National Lunch Program due to a statistical anomaly.

Joseph Garcia, executive director of the Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund, said instead of gaining political clout in the 2020 census, Arizona Latinos had to work just to maintain the status quo.

"How is it that we're the fastest growing state, and yet we didn't grow in population? It was bizarre," Garcia remarked. "I mean, everyone's scratching in their head. Everybody thought we were going to get two more congressional districts, certainly one. So we fought hard to preserve the Latino legislative districts that we have now."

Garcia believes with growth in the state's Latino population, a new congressional district would likely have been majority Latino. He pointed out even with just a 3% undercount, Arizona will lose almost $2 billion in federal funds over the next decade.

In response to the undercount, Chicanos Por La Causa announced a $10 million campaign last week to increase Latino voting in Arizona during the midterm elections. Garcia emphasized his group intends to fight back against attempts to keep them away from the polls.

"Some were angry, some were happy because some did not want Arizona to get another congressional district," Garcia observed. "Some did not want more Latinos counted. It became politicized. And the whole idea is that the census is not supposed to be politicized. It's supposed to be a very accurate count."

Garcia added unless Latinos gain and use the political clout they are capable of having, groups who are trying to suppress the vote will succeed.

"It doesn't matter if Latinos are at the Republican table or Democratic table," Garcia contended. "Latino issues will be heard and addressed. We know the numbers are there now that if Latinos vote in the way they should, it will be game changing for the political landscape of Arizona forever."

Disclosure: The Annie E Casey Foundation contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Education, Juvenile Justice, and Welfare Reform. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Based on current environmental impacts, residents of Petersburg have a life expectancy 10 years lower than the national average, according to U.S. News & World Report. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a plan extending a natural-gas pipeline in Virginia. The Virginia Reliability Plan and Transcot's …


Social Issues

play sound

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when millions of Americans are expected to make charitable donations. But it can also be a field day for scammers…

Health and Wellness

play sound

Starting Friday, North Carolinians will have greater access to health care as the long-awaited Medicaid expansion is launched. Medicaid will …


Democrats' trust in the media has fallen 12 points over the past year, to 58%, and compares with 11% among Republicans and 29% among independents, according to Gallup. (Christian Schwier/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new project in Southern Arizona aims to support local reporting and enable greater access to local news and information. Earlier this month…

Social Issues

play sound

As the weather turns colder, two groups of people in one North Dakota city that are generations apart appear to be in good shape to navigate housing …

Social Issues

play sound

Illinois high school seniors have new hurdles to overcome to get to college. High school students are waiting several extra weeks to get their hands …

Environment

play sound

Clean-energy companies and supporters are calling on federal officials to prioritize the development of charging infrastructure for EV powered medium …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021