REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Census Day Proclamation
Monday, April 1, 2019
I would like to thank Representative Salinas, Senator Heard and Reyna Lopez with PCUN for joining us today. I am thrilled to proclaim April 1st, 2020 as Census Day.
And, thank you Aldo for your great work on the census here in Oregon.
I am committed to working with both public and non-profit partners across Oregon to make sure that we have a fair and accurate census. Thanks to the complete count committee for your willingness to invest time and energy.
The census is the foundation of our democracy. It is key that the State of Oregon has the resources we need to make sure families across Oregon can thrive.
From more dollars for our schools and hospitals to ensuring that our roads are safe and well kept, the census has a profound and significant effect on the lives of all Oregonians.
An accurate census allows us to have better representation in Congress. It also tells the story of Oregon – who we are and where we are going.
An accurate and fair Census count is an integral part of my mission to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for all Oregonians regardless of their race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, gender identity or expression, age, or disability.
If our goal is an accurate count, then we have to reach out to all of these communities. That’s why this will be the first Cyber Census, where individuals have the option to complete census self-reporting via mail, phone, and online.
Today marks one year away from the start of the census. We have lots of work to do! That’s why I am proud to proclaim April 1st, 2020 as Census Day.