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Snoofy' was this short form what you were dealing with on 2010, [note that as I stated the 2010 one did not ask the question]. Out of curiosity, what was it like to go up to strangers and ask question? Were they all 'forthcoming, etc? Unlike you, I would not want that job, so kudos to you for doing that.

2010 apportionment announcement

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Commerce Secretary Gary Lock, Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary
Rebecca Blank, and Census Bureau Director Robert Groves (above)
unveiled the official counts from the 2010 Census at the National
Press Club in Washington, D.C., on December 21, 2010.
For the 2010 census, the long- and short-form questionnaires used from 1940 to 2000 were replaced by a single questionnaire asking 10 questions. The questions asked by the long-form questionnaire are now asked by the annual American Community Survey.

The 2010 census asked the following ten questions:

How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
What is your telephone number?
Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1's name?
What is Person 1's sex?
What is Person 1's age and Date of Birth?
Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
What is Person 1's race?
Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?

"But large businesses only employ about 38 percent of the private sector workforce while small businesses employ 53 percent of the workforce. In fact, over 99 percent of employing organizations are small businesses and more than 95 percent of these businesses have fewer than 10 employees.May 24, 2011"
Five Big Myths About American Small Businesses | HuffPost

Not all businesses have deep pockets and many of those employers live off the profits after expenses [my own family was such]. That 'just a dollar raise' is more than that with the FICA/SS match from the employer[times the number of employees that would get it] and as stated, if someone working there was already working at 15 an hour it would mean that they would need a pay increase.

Personally, I do think that the Fed Govt should have a minimum wage as each state's economy is different and the states should be the ones setting it.

Some companies are already getting out ahead of this as just look at the kiosks at McDonalds. Been to a 5 Guys - one register person. There already exists an automated hamburger machine - www.forbes.com and once the employees costs are high enough then the machine will replace a number of employees. This is just one industry example, whereas another example in retail is an increase in self-checkout lanes. More automation will be coming in the near future.

Fifteen an hour for a minimal skill job will be great for those who are still employed. ALSO REMEMBER, fifteen dollars an hour is actually higher in cost to an employer as they must also match the employee's SS/FICA to the govt.

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