Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt is silent as the Trump Administration attempts to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census, which could result in hundreds of thousands of Nevadans being uncounted and the state losing out on millions in federal funding.
While Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval expressed concerns about the question’s effect on “identify[ing] minority and underserved populations” and the impact on Nevada, Laxalt ignored a request for comment.
The proposed question would place an outsized burden on Nevada, with its large and growing immigrant community. According to the state demographer, the state could lose over $1,600 for each Nevadan excluded from the Census, and Nevada’s cities and towns could receive insufficient federal funding to meet the needs of their populations, including struggling schools.
Federal funds make up almost one-third of Nevada’s annual budget, and in-state experts say a loss of that funding will shift the burden to the state, meaning Nevada taxpayers and visitors will have to make up the cost.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Laxalt’s silence as the Trump Administration attempts to erase thousands of Nevadans and deprive the state of resources is astonishing. The attorney general would let Nevada shoulder the financial burden of Trump’s radical anti-immigrant agenda instead of fighting for resources our communities need, like education funding, Social Security, and Medicare and Medicaid. Despite past grandstanding on taking on the federal government, Laxalt clearly has no intention of putting Nevada first if it means going up against Trump.”