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-- dreading a visit from the tax man now meet the census man.
The deadline and -- a questioner back to the US census bureau's today or else expect differently visited home.
-- come -- -- commerce secretary Gary Locke actually telling me earlier.
That the price for ignoring offenses and ultimately gonna cost all of.
68% of all US households that receive the census form have mailed them back again.
We'd like to have a little bit more because.
If we don't ever receive the census forms back in the mail over the next several days we're going to be launching the door to door effort which is so expensive -- Today and this weekend -- -- the last two time in which -- people can mail it back in to avoid.
Having a census worker come a door to door.
And again -- the audience why this is so important I mean we know it's part of the constitution.
We understand that but -- what does it mean economically.
Well -- this is really important for two reasons its political empowerment.
Because the 2010 census will be used to determine how many seats every state will send to Washington DC to represent them in the United States congress.
It's also used by the states in terms of the drawing up of the districts in the boundaries and the number of people that will be.
Representing communities in their state legislatures and their state capitals so whatever your issue if you want maximum.
Representation if you want your voice is heard on the issues you care about.
From the State Capitol to Washington DC you gotta fill out the census form a state.
Ten years ago.
-- narrowly lost doubts having a new member of congress representing them they lost up by 8000.
We know those people where there they just were not counted in that state lost that additional seat in congress.
Another thing some over 400 billion dollars a year.
Is distributed to cities and states based on the population based on the census.
And -- effect communities under counted they will be -- counted and not receiving their fair share of federal funds.
For education for housing for transportation for public safety.
They'll be short changed for the next ten years.
-- secretary -- you mentioned you have to sit -- the foot soldiers is going to be pretty expensive.
-- I think.
That's hits on a key.
Probably filling among so a lot of people in this country right now.
Of the government's efforts have been and really at some point is it really worth it because it.
We're starting to see some things get better but at what cost.
Well this is a constitutional requirement and the -- Framers of our constitution.
The founders of our country insisted that there be an accurate count.
Every ten years and so the census goes back the 1790 when George Washington was president right Thomas Jefferson was head of the Census Bureau James Madison wrote the questions again and what is today -- -- -- the.
-- -- think the soaring deficits a lot of people concerned about this.
You're in a position you know how will impact business is right now a lot of businesses are -- I think right now businesses are sitting on -- amount of cash.
In part because they're just not sure we're going with all this.
Well we know that the economy is improving and in fact.
This afternoon will be meeting with the president's.
Economic recovery advisory board with a key members from -- who have served under President Reagan under President Bush had other different administrations.
And so we're really focused on trying to help the economy recover and -- the president is very concerned about the deficit we've been talking about the deficit.
Since this last spring.
And that's why the president's budget except for defense except for entitlements does not have any increased spending overall.
Some agencies are getting more but other agencies are taking deep cuts by this are for the offense -- the entitlements there's no increase in spending.
But as -- possible because you mention three things that constitute the bulk of the budget.
If it is it possible that we may actually have to somehow figure out a way to even slow those down -- maybe take away some entitlements or pay amounts at a slower rate.
Well that's -- very point of Health Care Reform because health care expenditures paid for by the government.
For senior citizens for low income individuals under Medicare Medicaid have been exploding.
And companies themselves whether nonprofit or for profit of organizations cannot afford constantly escalating health care premiums up.
Fifteen to 45%.
I've heard from company executives who said.
They haven't added any any new employees and the health of their employees has not changed.
And yet -- been faced with the premium increase to renew their insurance policies for their employees by as much as 40%.
No business no organization can survive when costs are rising that high.
On that note can the US government survive if the all these businesses just put these same individuals.
Take them off their payroll and put them on the taxpayers all Tammy you you know can the US government survived those sort of increases because.
I don't know that this bill -- knew the law rather doesn't really bend the cost curve the way you guys had initially envisioned.
Well we always want to bend the cost curve as much as possible.
But there are so many incentives now for a company's two provide health insurance for their for their employees purchasers of a big myth.
That this is gonna have a devastating -- on small businesses first of all any small business with less than fifty employees.
There's no requirement that they offer health insurance no penalties if they don't offer health insurance to their employees but if they do.
They're immediately eligible for tax credits for retroactive to the beginning.
And there are a whole host of measures in the in the bill to try to bring down that cost curve -- HHS.
Kathleen -- -- the secretary of health and human services will be working with.
And the states to really try to bring down that cost -- even more.
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