07/06/2010 // Honolulu, Hawaii, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Honolulu – A Census worker was arrested and charged with trespassing after making an attempt to give a resident of a Hawaii community Census forms. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the case of the worker, Russell Haas, a former police officer, has gone to federal court, and is one example of several incidents pertaining to challenges for Census workers this year nationwide. A purported 436 incidents of threats or assaults against workers have been reported, which is more than double the total for the 2000 Census.
Celeste Jimenez of the Los Angeles Regional Census Center, is quoted by the AP as stating of the value in Census participation, “It is important for residents to participate… It affects how over $400 billion of federal funding are allocated each year to states for infrastructure and services such as hospitals, job training centers, schools, emergency services.”
A motion has been filed for the dismissal of the case against Haas.
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