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Many local governments are facing difficulties to keep up with their services due to fiscal shortfalls. Some "innovative" ideas come up recently to put prisoners in unfilled works.

According to the the AP (1/11), residents in Charlestown, Indiana, will decide on a proposal to "beef up a volunteer firefighting department with inmates" with "minimum-security." is Severely "short-staffed," Charlestown's fire department had started training eight inmates before it was stopped due to growing concern of residents. Yet the state Department of Correction seems to have "planned to give the program the green light."

Likewise, Florida's CBS affiliate WINK-TV (1/11, Capasso) reports that Collier County is studying whether to "pull prisoners from behind bars and put them to work" in unfilled county jobs for "trash pickup, landscaping, auto detailing, accounting" and as "lifeguards." The county "has already lost roughly $34 million due to state budget cuts last year" and "stands to lose another $50 million" if a state property tax referendum passes on Jan. 29. Final decision has yet to be made by the county manager.


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Sadly they are only hurting themselves. They too use Economic Census data to tell them about their constituents. Wonder what will happen when they want the data and are told sorry but we can't give that to you anymore because you cut our budget so much we had terminate that program.

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Linda, Thank you for participating in the 2010 Census. The follow-up visits was a quality assurance interview. The Census Bureau needs to ensure that the data collected is correct. Not every residence will receive a quality assurance interview.

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With the restructuring, will there be additional openings for field reps? If so, will RO staff be in line for those positions first? I worked in the local office in downtown Chicago and would certainly be interested in a field position if available.

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Question since this data will be used to assist in funding issues, might someone questions the results based on the fact that the data is suppose to be as of April 1st and people are mailing in their forms prior to that date. It probably won't change most people's answers but technically can you consider the data valid if it is mail before April 1. I noticed that Illinois had already received almost 50% of their responses. Maybe all census' are run this way I just don't know but if not this issue of dates could turn out to be a problem.

There are not any county level maps for many in the NC Piedmont prior to about 1880. I am while in the approach of mapping a lot of of the 18th century land grants for what are now Orange and Alamance Counties and compiling them into a forthcoming Land Grant Atlas of Previous Orange County. This project is related to Allen B Markham's work on land grants in Durham County and surrounding areas.

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