Commerce Secretary: Billions more needed for 2020 Census

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is acknowledging that billions more dollars are "urgently needed" to ensure a fair and accurate count of people living in the U.S. during the 2020 census.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a House panel Thursday that new estimates show the 2020 census will cost $15.6 billion, about 27 percent more than earlier projections.

Ross said some of the factors behind the higher cost estimates include increased concerns about privacy and security, tightening labor markets and overly optimistic projections from the Obama administration about the savings new technology would provide.

The census is required by the Constitution. It decides how many seats in Congress each state gets and how to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending.

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