There’s a lot at stake for Michigan with the upcoming U.S. Census count in 2020. A huge chunk of Michigan’s budget is connected to the state’s population. And there’s a chance — if Michigan doesn’t keep up with population gains across the country — that we might lose another congressional seat.
Those stakes are now sparking conversations at places like the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.
As part of a new weekly series called MichMash, WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about a new effort to make sure all Michiganders are counted on the census.
The group, 2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign, hopes to target groups that are often under-counted, such as immigrants, homeless people, and minority children.
Click here to listen to Neher’s recent conversation with the coalition’s co-chairs and learn more about their efforts.
Click on the audio player above to hear Neher and Roth talk about the issue on MichMash.