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CA officials: 2010 Census data not correct

December 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
California could lose more than a billion dollars in federal funding because of a mistake in the 2010 Census, according to state officials. Earlier this week, the Census Bureau released numbers showing California has 37.3 million residents.

But the state Department of Finance said that number is about 1.5 million short.

Because funding for many programs is based on population, that discrepancy could mean California gets significantly less money than state leaders were counting on.

And according to the Los Angeles Times, it may have cost the state a seat in the House of Representatives.