Today is National Census Day, the deadline for 134 million census forms to be returned in the mail. Local officials around the US are trying to persuade their constituents that failure to respond can be very expensive. The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri have bet beer and barbecue on which city will be the most-improved when it comes to returning forms. The Brookings Institution says, for each person not counted, states stand to lose $1000 in Medicaid funding alone. Ed O'Keefe is the ‘Federal Eye' blogger at the Washington Post.
President Obama fills out his census form: Pete Souza/White House Photo