• Quite often we hear someone say of federal and state grants, “This was actually our money to start with, so it’s not like we’re getting a gift.”

Now keep that thought in mind. Some $400 billion in such grants are administered back to local communities each year. And much of the determination for those grants is tied to demographics and data compilations. And guess where much of that data comes from ... the U.S. Census.

And so let’s go back to the original premise. It’s our money to begin with. So do we want every tool in our shed sharpened when it comes time to build a plan to get some of it back? We should.

And that brings us to the crux of the matter again, the U.S. Census.

The greater attention we pay to this process (provided for in our U.S. Constitution) then the better and more complete head count we get. And that can relate directly to how much of “our” money is returned to us in the form of grants. Read more on this subject on the opinion page in Tuesday's Moultrie Observe.





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