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(AJC) — Georgia will get its census numbers this week, the results of which will determine how political power is split in a growing and diverse state and how much federal money Georgia will get for a myriad of social services.  Top of the list awaiting census data is the GeorgiaLegislature. Members will use the numbers to apportion new state Senate and House districts as well as the U.S. House of Representatives seat Georgia is expected to pick up.  Others anxiously awaiting the census include county leaders whose base salaries are pegged to population numbers, civil rights groups betting on the numbers to give them a bigger political voice, operators of job tax-credit programs and a myriad of social service organizations.  Aid to the elderly or money for the treatment of substance abuse, for example, is based on head counts.  “There are groups that have been prepared for this and are ready to go to work as soon as the numbers come out,” said Thomas Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute.  At stake is $400 billion in federal spending that will be divided among states based on census counts. Those who have seen increases in residents will receive more money than was allocated in 2000, while those who lost population will see the funding fall.

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