Next Tuesday, June 19 is an important date to mark on your calendar. The Congressional Joint Economic Committee is holding a public hearing on the economic impact of eliminating the American Community Survey (ACS) at 2:30 p.m., in Room 210 of the Canon House Office Building. Witnesses that will be speaking in opposition to the move to eliminate the ACS are Vincent Barabba, former director of the Census Bureau in two GOP administrations and Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Association of General Contractors and also representing the National Association of Business Economists. It is very important that we pack the congressional hearing room! If you cannot come, please urge your colleages to come. If you represent a non-DC organization contact your friends in Washington and urge them to attend.
Also on Tuesday of next week some of our congressional supporters will be holding a noon press conference in the so-called House Triangle right outside the Capitol, next to the steps of the House of Representatives. It is another event we hope you can attend. Several representatives of the Census Project will speak.
Finally, we will have a short meeting of the Census Project prior to the Joint Economic Committee hearing to give participants an update on our Congressional strategies and next steps. We urge you to attend! The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. in Room 441 of the Canon House Office Building.
You should also know that census historian Margo Anderson of the University of Wisconsin has written a succinct one-page fact sheet on the history of the long form/ACS questions and their relationship to the decennial census. The fact sheet is posted on the Census Project website at (http://www.thecensusproject.org/factsheets/Evolution-of-ACS-Questions-Margo-Anderson-06-11-2012.pdf).