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Ricketts makes Nebraska one of two states without a census committee

Posted: 12:51 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 13:51:30-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Getting an accurate count in the 2020 Census is important to Nebraska for a number of reasons.

One study suggests that for every person who fails to be counted, Nebraska misses out on $21,000 in federal funding over the next decade, a figure that can add up to millions if the count is short, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Governor Pete Ricketts has rejected forming a statewide "complete count" committee, a practice the Census Bureau has encouraged to help ensure a full Census count. Nebraska is one of only two states without a census committee, according to the World-Herald.

The World-Herald adds that some 300 federal programs use population numbers to aid in distribution of more than $800 billion in federal dollars to states. A recent analysis by George Washington University found that in 2016, Nebraska received just under $4 billion through such programs.