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  • Mid-Day Coffee: More government waste?

    We received a letter from the Census Bureau yesterday, just to tell us that the Census form will arrive in about a week. And all I could think was, Was this really necessary?! When you add up the cost of sending out millions of these letters, it’s got to be a huge amount. And is the letter really going to change the minds of people who weren’t going to fill out the form anyway? The letter does make a compelling argument for filling out the form by saying that your community’s share of government funds depends on the responses to the Census. But couldn’t they just have put that information in a cover letter next week?

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    Comments

    1. Corrie at "Cents"able Momma says:

      LOL! I thought the exact same thing when I got the letter yesterday. Did we really need a letter telling us we would get a letter later?? It does seem like we have better things to spend money on.

    2. Ted Cabeen says:

      Research by the census and other organizations clearly shows that sending a pre-survey letter measurably increases return rates. Since the Census has to send people door-to-door to follow up with people who don't send in the form, it saves money overall to do it.

      If you need more information, the Census Bureau runs a Public Information Line for journalists and others who want more details.

    3. Gina @ MoneywiseMoms says:

      I thought that, too! I was excited thinking this was finally it, even though I knew the envelope was too thin. Can't wait till it's over and all the ridiculous advertising goes away.

    4. We were one of the "lucky" households chosen to complete the full-shebang packet of info about two weeks ago. Required by law. But a hassle. So I, too, was excited that the small, thin envelope might be the census! Oh well.

      Thanks for the head's up on the produce savers! Just ordered mine :-)

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