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NO. R-243. JOINT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF MARCH 13, 2000 AS TEACH CENSUS WEEK.

(J.R.H. 190)

Offered by: Committee on Government Operations.

Whereas, Census 2000 will have a profound impact on the lives and prosperity of all Vermonters as we enter the 21st century, and

Whereas, annually, over one hundred eighty-five billion dollars ($185,000,000,000.00) in federal funds are allocated, based on the census, to state, local and tribal governments for education programs, housing and community development programs, health care for the elderly, job training, highway improvements, emergency services and many other programs, and

Whereas, private industry uses census data to locate new facilities which create new economic opportunities for Vermonters, and

Whereas, Vermont's state government and local political subdivisions utilize census information in long-range planning to determine the location of schools, highways, libraries, public transportation systems, police and fire departments, hospitals and other vital public services, and

Whereas, Census 2000's demographic and socioeconomic data will assist

the General Assembly in preparing new legislative initiatives and effectively allocating appropriations, and

Whereas, the U.S. Census Bureau has developed a "Census in Schools"

program to educate students and their parents, regarding the importance of participating in Census 2000, and

Whereas, it is critical for each Vermont legislator to actively encourage all constituents to participate and be counted in Census 2000, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the week of March 13, 2000 is declared "Teach Census Week," and that every member of the General Assembly is encouraged to personally teach a lesson at a local school, explaining the importance of participating in Census 2000.