The 2010 Census head count determines how many Congressmen each state gets.
In 2000, Wisconsin lost one seat. In 2010, it looks like we’ll stay the same. No thanks to the Conservative “Tea Party”.
When I was doing the census this year, some people didn’t want to cooperate. Often (usually) they were blue-collar Republican “Tea Party” conservatives who claimed exemption on constitutional grounds. This was very annoying from a census-takers view. We were obligated to go back and back and back until we got the info. It cost the government a lot of money, and in the end, worked against the them because:
- Fewer participants means a lower headcount, which means fewer congressional seats and less money apportioned to heavily conservative districts for funds and services.
- We can ask whatever we want because the U.S. Constitution empowers the Congress to carry out the census in “such manner as they shall by Law direct” (Article I, Section 2).