Governor Kelly highlights importance of accurate 2020 Census

Capitol Bureau

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly launched an initiative to make every Kansan count.

She established the Kansas Complete Count Committee (CCC) to ensure that every Kansan is represented in the 2020 Census.

A CCC is a volunteer committee established by tribal, state and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

“As governor, I’m committed to ensuring the data we collect is as accurate as possible,” Kelly said. “The data collected in the Census informs how the federal government distributes funds to our state – through 55 different federal programs. And it’s these funds that help to pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more.”

Getting an accurate count in the Census is paramount. Census population totals determine the number of seats each state has in the United States House of Representatives. State totals are also used to redraw legislative and school districts.  

For every person not counted in the Census, Kansas stands to lose $1,539 in federal funds per year for 10 years.

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