Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed an Executive Order establishing a Complete Count Committee to assist in securing a comprehensive and accurate 2020 Michigan census count.
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is among the more than 50 organizations and communities serving on the committee, represented by MFB Government Relations Specialist Matt Kapp.
“The food, farming and agriculture sector is the backbone of many of our state’s rural communities —economically and socially — so it’s fitting we would participate on our members’ behalf,” Kapp said. “We recognize the importance of the federal government having the best information from our rural communities to ensure accuracy when the census data is used to determine funding and representation.”
In a statement from Whitmer’s office, the committee is charged with, “…providing public leadership, identifying barriers that may prevent a full count, create and implement an action plan to overcome recognized barriers, and identifying opportunities to coordinate with other entities working towards a complete count.”
“This Committee is essential to making sure that Michigan has the resources and representation it needs,” Whitmer said. “The 2020 census count will dictate how much federal funding is allotted to Michigan for our schools, infrastructure, and how many Representatives we have in the United States House of Representatives. I am establishing a Census Committee so that Michigan will be prepared to organize, educate and count our residents with accuracy.”