The Census & Agency Funding
Each year, Congress determines how large a slice of the over $500,000,000,000 federal budget each agency should receive. Congress will hold appropriations hearings where information is presented and discussed, and a large portion of this information is Census data. Once agencies receive the funding, they also use Census data to determine where best to invest in local areas across the country. This case illustrates how much money California receives through a few agencies.
- The Department of Health and Human Services provides over $50 billion to California to support programs like Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Foster Care.
- The Department of Education provides over $2 billion to California for programs like Title I Grants, which support schools in low income areas, and Special Education Grants.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides over $1.4 billion to support the National School Lunch Program in the state.
- The Department of Transportation provides over $3.2 billion for highway planning and construction in the state.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides over $3.5 for low income housing support (Section 8 and other programs) in California.