Census Data used for Budgeting and Appropriations

By House Appropriations Committee Staff | one month ago

The Census is distributed to all households in the United States every ten years. Census data helps determine how $675 billion is spent by the federal government and how many representatives Pennsylvania has in Congress. It is estimated that for every person who is not counted, the community loses $2,000 per year.

Funding for the following programs and services in Pennsylvania are directly impacted by Census data.

DCED

  • Federal- Community Service Block Grant
  • Federal- State Community Block Grant 

DOS

  • Federal – Election Reform

Housing 

 HUD funding 

  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers 
  • Public Housing Capital Fund 
  • Community Development Block Grants

Police

  • Proposed municipality fees

Revenue and Taxes

  • Useful in an array of revenue forecasting situations
  • Economic census used to estimate sales tax exemptions
  • Estimates of tax policy changes
  • Property tax relief calculations and property tax forecast estimates

L&I

  • Some WIOA allocations to states use both ACS and Census estimates in their formulas
  • Vocational rehabilitation funds are allocated to states in part based on population

Transportation

  • Federal highway planning and construction
  • Federal transit – capital investment grants

Environment

  • Federal clean diesel grants
  • Healthy communities grants
  • Federal public water system supervision

Education

  • Special education funding
  • Career and technical education grants
  • Vocational rehabilitation grants
  • School safety national activities
  • National school lunch program
  • Title 1 grants
  • State basic education grants

Human Services

Funding to/through PA:

  • Medical Assistance (MA)
      • poverty thresholds impact eligibility
      • per capita income impacts Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) calculation
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
      • poverty thresholds impact eligibility
      • per capita income impacts FMAP calculation
      • population used to calculate state allocations
    • Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)
      • Poverty thresholds impact eligibility
      • Consumer price index for annual inflation adjustment for monthly fruit and vegetable vouchers
      • Population used to calculate state allocations
    • Child Welfare Services - Foster Care and Adoption Assistance (Title IV-E)
      • Per capita income impacts FMAP calculation
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
      • Fuel use in low-income households
      • Poverty thresholds and state median income for eligibility
      • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
      • Population for number of children under 13
      • State median income used in eligibility limits
      • Per capita income impacts FMAP calculation
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
      • Poverty thresholds impact eligibility
    • Block Grants for Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
      • Uses population and urban/rural classification in allocation formula
    • Social Services Block Grant
      • Uses population in allocation formula
    • Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
      • Uses population of low-income children in allocation formula
    • Developmental Disabilities Basic Support and Advocacy Grants
      • Allocation methodology uses number of disabled children, state per capita income and total population
    • Family Violence Prevention and Services
      • Uses population in allocation formula
    • Abstinence Education Program
      • Uses population in allocation formula
    • Special Programs for the Aging
      • Uses population in allocation formula

Funding to PA residents:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Poverty thresholds impact eligibility
    • Poverty guidelines used to determine household eligibility and benefit amounts
    • Local area unemployment used to waive work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD)
  • Medicare physician fee schedule
    • Geographic fee schedule indexes
  • Health Care Centers
    • Used to Identify index of medical underservice
    • Used to identify medically underserved areas
    • Used to identify medically underserved populations

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