WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau may boost its population estimates to ensure that states will receive their fair share under federal aid programs despite the undercount of the 1990 census -- a move that could increase the private-activity bond volume cap in 27 states.

The official census figures will be used to apportion seats in Congress and state legislatures. But Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher this week said he wants the Census Bureau to use higher estimates reflecting a truer picture of the number of U.S. residents when the bureau makes population projections for various federal aid programs.

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