Remember hearing that those of us who refused to fill out the census form could face fines of up to $5,000? Here’s what the U.S. Census Bureau actually said on the matter:
“Although the law makes it a crime not to answer the decennial census, the American Community Survey and other mandatory censuses, and authorizes the courts to impose a fine of up to $5,000 for failure to respond, the Census Bureau views this approach as a last resort.”
Now we hear that fines are unlikely to be imposed on those who refused to answer the Census Bureau’s ridiculous and intrusive questions. Yes, shockingly, it appears that the federal government was trying to frighten us into compliance. From the newspaper The Hill:
The director of the U.S Census Bureau said Friday it is unlikely the government will issue any fines for not filling out the census form that was recently mailed to Americans.
Robert Groves, the director of the Census Bureau, said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program that while the government can fine people $5,000 for not filling out the census form, it is unlikely to do so.
Groves said no one was fined 10 years ago during the last census. Asked whether he thinks anyone will be fined this year, Groves responded, “If I were a betting man, no.”
Groves noted that the census policymakers have found that it is better to emphasize the positive aspects of returning the survey than focusing on the negative ramifications of not doing so.
He added that the budget for the census is $7.2 billion.
Read the original at The Hill.