Gov. Whitmer signs new executive order creating new committee

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order Tuesday creating a Complete Count Committee to assist in a complete and accurate count in Michigan.

The federal government uses census data for funding and representation accuracy.

According to the executive order, the committee will be 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 toward a complete count.

"This Committee is essential to making sure that Michigan has the resources and representation it needs," said Whitmer. "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."

The 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee will be housed within the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and administered by members appointed by the governor representing a diverse group of Michiganders from various geographic, economic, racial, cultural, gender and occupational backgrounds.

The committee will consist of 63 members from several organizations across the state of Michigan.

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