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Bi-partisan task force promotes Kentucky’s 2020 census and the importance of participation

The 2020 Census State Task Force, Governor Matt Bevin, and others gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last week to promote awareness of the upcoming United States Census count.
Those attending the “one year out” event heard from members of the 2020 Census State Task Force, a group made up of state legislators, leaders, and stakeholders, who encouraged statewide participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. Localized groups known as Complete Count Committees have been developed to emphasize the importance of participation and communicate how census data influences lives across the Commonwealth and the nation.

Wil Schroder

Information gathered during the Census is considered when making a variety of national and local policy decisions. For the next 10 years, this data is used to determine the equitable allocation of government funds for education, healthcare, roadways, economic development, and other means. Additionally, state officials redraw the congressional and state legislative districts following each Census to account for population changes
Members of the State Census Task Force, Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder) and Senator Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville), emphasized the importance of participation in the upcoming Census during Tuesday’s event:
“Even though we are a year away, the Census requires a lot of time and hard work,” said Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder). “This count impacts government programs, schools, hospitals, and can influence future economic opportunity. I encourage all Kentuckians to take advantage of the number of resources available and to participate in the 2020 Census.”
“It is essential that everyone participate in the 2020 census,” said Sen. Morgan McGarvey. “The census will have far-reaching effects on how we are represented in our communities and federal funds the state receives to invest in vital resources. An accurate recording of all Kentuckians is critical to the process.”
Being counted in the Census is safe, quick, and very important. New in 2020, the United States Census Bureau will introduce new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the Census through phone, mail, and online platforms.
Learn more about the 2020 United States Census and how to get involved at
Census Day is April 1, 2020.
From Kentucky Senate

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