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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 2 MARCH 27APRIL 30, 2020
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For the rst time in more than a generation, March 2020 came and went without South by South- west Conference & Festivals, Austin’s famed tech and cultural event that draws hundreds of thou- sands of attendees from across the world. Locally, the 10-day stretch of SXSW is more than a celebratory festival—it has proven to be an essential nancial asset to the community, now lost in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Initially, several local busi- nesses and laborers said the nancial hardship of los- ing SXSWwas a weight too heavy to bear. The virus has since escalated into anational and local emergency and diminished large swaths of the service economy in Austin and across the country. Like many U.S. cities, Austin’s government has restricted gather- ings of more than 10 people, closed dine-in services at all bars and restaurants, and urged people towork from home to help mitigate the spread of the virus. U.S. President Donald Trump said such measures could last until mid-summer. CONTINUED ON 26 Local businesses ght for future after SXSW, coronavirus fallout BY COMMUNITY IMPACT STAFF
POPULATIONCHANGES Federal funding heavily weighs on population counts taken from the census. Growing populations can mean more money, but greater is the impact when there is an undercount.
Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $187.31 M*
Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $85.01M*
Local entities push for an accurate count as decennial poll begins BY EMMA FREER AND ALI LINAN Money, power, businessat stakewith2020census *CALCULATED USING THE CENSUS BUREAU'S ESTIMATION THAT EACH PERSON UNDERCOUNTED RESULTS IN A $1,500 LOSS PER YEAR FOR 10 YEARS SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
The results are then used to determine federal funding allocations, government representation at the federal and local levels, and corporate decisions, all of which could have major impacts on residents, Loveday said. “These funds come to the state of Texas for pro- grams, but they also trickle down all the way to the local level,” Loveday said. Money at stake Every year, the federal government distributes $675 billion to states based on population, which is
THE SPRING SEASON PROVIDES 30% TO 40% OF OUR ANNUAL INCOME. THE SEAS
Texas lost an estimated $3.59 billion in federal funding due to an undercount in the 2010 census, pushing local municipalities and nonprots to rev up participation in the coming census, according to census data. The census is a constitutionally mandated survey that is taken every 10 years to count each person where he or she lives on April 1. The rst census took place in 1790 and is only used for data-gathering purposes, said Douglas Love- day, senior media specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. The distributed census is condential and anonymous, he added.
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