Undercount could cost Alaska more than $100 million

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska could lose more than $100 million dollars over a 10-year period because of an undercount on the latest U.S. Census, according to the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The undercount in Alaska translates to $6,306 for each person not counted, the firm said.

''The undercount will cost Alaska millions of dollars in funds that are earmarked for programs that largely serve the state's most disadvantaged,'' said Gilbert F. Casellas, co-chair of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers examined eight programs most affected by the census, including Medicaid, Social Services block grants, and foster care.

The firm said 31 states and the District of Columbia are slated to lose over $4 billion dollars over the next 10 years. It found California would be the most adversely affected state, losing $1.5 billion. Texas was second at $1 billion.

Approximately $185 billion in federal funds are allocated by Congress each year based on each state's population as determined by the census, which is conducted every 10 years.

The estimates of the census undercount are derived from undercount rates estimated by the Census Bureau.

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