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(Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau)
(Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau)

Massachusetts is growing, but it's not growing fast enough.

That's the takeaway from the 2010 Census figures released Tuesday. The state is currently home to 6,547,629 people, according to the latest count — an increase of 3.1 percent over the Census conducted a decade ago.

The new figures have a number of repercussions. The most immediate is that Massachusetts will lose a seat in Congress, reducing the U.S. House delegation from 10 to nine. It also means that the state will receive less money from the federal government, and that its votes will carry less weight in presidential elections.

We'll speak with State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, chair of the Senate committee on redistricting, and Matt Viser, a national political reporter for the Boston Globe, about what the loss of a congressional seat means for Massachusetts and its politics.

Guests:

  • State Senator Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst), chair of the Senate committee on redistricting
  • Matt Viser, national political reporter, Boston Globe

This segment aired on December 21, 2010.

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