Locke hypes Census as funding tool for cash-strapped cities

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Tuesday told an audience at the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference that the key to funding cash-strapped budgets is filling out Census forms. 

“If you want your cities' fair share of critical federal funds, and you want to maximize the representation of your constituents in the halls of Congress and your statehouses, you need to make sure every household fills out the Census forms,” he said. 

The 2010 Census recently began and will determine where more than $400 billion in federal funds will be allocated. 

Locke also praised passage of the Recovery Act, which he said “provided over $100 billion in tax relief for American businesses and families; prevented more than $50 billion in Medicaid cuts across the country; and funded over 12,500 transportation construction projects nationwide; ranging from highway construction to airport improvement projects.”