Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kansas spends nearly $650,000 tracking down college students for census

Kansas is the only state that counts college students as part of its census process. The effort involved in tracking down students costs the state $650,000.

June 17, 2010


— Kansas continues to go it alone in counting students to adjust the census figures. And it costs the state nearly $650,000

Under the Kansas Constitution and state law, the secretary of state’s office must conduct a census of students enrolled at all public and private universities or colleges in the Kansas.

The law requires that college students be counted every 10 years in conjunction with the federal census.

Students who are determined to be temporary residents are statistically returned to their permanent homes in other communities.

Abbie Hodgson, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office, says that to her knowledge Kansas is the only state that goes through this procedure.

The end result is that university communities, such as Lawrence, lose some population in the census count. Census totals are used for purposes of reapportioning legislative, State Board of Education and congressional districts.

“It’s important that students complete the census adjustment form so that they are counted in their hometowns during redistricting,” Secretary of State Chris Biggs said.

“We’re in the process of reaching out to college students with errors on their forms to ensure that we have complete and accurate information,” Biggs said.

As of June 1, the secretary of state’s office had received more than 100,000 responses and of the 25,000 responses that have been reviewed approximately 30 percent had errors requiring a follow-up phone call.


yankeevet 8 years ago

financial wonder the state has no money

Phil Wilke 8 years ago

that and it undermines the university towns. Thanks Topeka.

Mr_B9 8 years ago

Regardless of party affiliation it is time we tax paying AMERICANS wake up and take control of our country and become a united nation again. This is OUR country, we pay the bills. Our elected officials are simply the stewards, nothing more nothing less. "Let me be clear" Just because they are elected to office certainly does not mean they are qualified nor know what their doing. Is it not obvious? If it's not, then wake up folks, were going broke. We as citizens have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable for their derelict duties. This is abuse at any level and just another slam in our faces. It is time for a complete restructure of our government and if the elected stewards want to campaign on hope and change then I say show us real responsible change and hope your re-elected. It's time for the control to be in the tax payers hands not our corrupt government.

Kirk Larson 8 years ago

Then why do you keep repeating your posts? Are you insane?

cowboy 8 years ago

could have just bought about 6 kegs and they all would have showed up at one place

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

This is because of a constitutional requirement, and state law, and in a state that's dominated by the Republican Party, all the whining about this "liberal" policy is downright comical.

I can guarantee you if there were an attempt to repeal this, it'd come from the "liberal" college towns, and the conservative small-town Republicans would fight it tooth and nail.

tomatogrower 8 years ago

Kansas is not liberal. The conservatives do this, so they can keep the populations down in more liberal college towns, and they can draw those district lines to their advantage. It really cracks me up that the conservative posters on this forum blame it on Washington when it is their conservative Topeka reps who are doing this. What a riot. Excuse me I'm laughing so hard, I almost dropped my laptop.

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Our little blue island really bothers the great red sea.

Bob_Keeshan 8 years ago

A quick dose of reality - in years past, "liberals" have voted overwhelmingly to eliminate this archaic provision.

It is conservatives who insist that this ridiculous requirement remain in the law.

That is worth pointing out given the comments on this story. Liberals would like nothing more than for this $650,000 waste of money to be eliminated.

tomatogrower 8 years ago

Huh? What does this have to do this article? Most students live here year round. They should be counted. And Kansas is in a budget crisis, but they can spend money on this? I noticed the conservatives have disappeared. Conservatives - Cut taxes, and spend spend spend, especially if it gives you a political advantage. The Republican party should reimburse the state for this.

average 8 years ago

@ibroke - It has plenty to do with GOP or Dem. The Dems would vote (and have introduced bills several times) to accept the Federal Census figures as they come out. As every other state in the country does. This puts those students in places like Lawrence for state funding formulas. Logical, really. They drive on our roads, use our parks, get picked up by our ambulance services, etc, a lot more than they do their putative hometown elsewhere in Kansas.

tomatogrower 8 years ago

ibroke, why are you so against counting the students? Kansas can only benefit from a higher count, except that it would increase the people in towns that are considered more liberal, and the Republican controlled legislature would have to really get creative to gerrymander the districts.

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