FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Mexico Governor Establishes Complete Count Committee for a Fair & Accurate 2020 Census Count

Santa Fe, N.M.Today, Governor Michelle Luján Grisham is expected to sign an executive order establishing New Mexico’s Complete Count Committee –a group of trusted government and community leaders in charge of developing and implementing awareness campaigns based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response during the 2020 Census.

The following is a statement from Oriana Sandoval, CEO for the Center for Civic Policy (CCP), regarding the establishment of New Mexico’s Complete Count Committee:

Today’s executive order is a great step to ensure there is an accurate count of NM’s families and children by beefing up the support for the census preparations that are already underway. We applaud Gov. Lujan Grisham’s leadership in prioritizing the need for a fair and accurate count of every New Mexican family.

“The 2020 Census represents over $7 billion in federal funding at stake to maintain essential programs for our families’ wellbeing like: Medicaid, SNAP, and CHIP. The census is also the key to funding vital infrastructure our New Mexican families need to thrive like our roads, schools, and hospitals.

We will continue to work alongside our state government and the many community groups involved in an accurate census to make sure everyone is counted, without exception, and that our voices are heard. This is another opportunity to show the power of our communities and to fight for representation and the resources we need.”

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