Gov: Deployments Could Hurt NC In 2010 Count

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue wants the U.S. Census Bureau to change the way it counts deployed soldiers.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Saturday that Perdue has asked the U.S. commerce secretary to make last base assignment the first option for counting deployed military.

Currently, that is the third option after home state at enlistment and legal residence.

A Commerce Department spokesman told the newspaper that changes are unlikely since the census is under way.

Perdue says having 41,200 deployed service members counted in other states could cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 10 years.

The government uses census data to apportion seats in Congress and dole out about $400 billion annually in federal funds.

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