Kelly forms census group in hopes of getting more funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new organization created by Gov. Laura Kelly hopes to strengthen census efforts across the state.

Kelly signed the "2020 Census Kansas Complete Count Committee Executive Order" Tuesday morning. She says the group will reach as many Kansans as possible to get accurate data.

Kelly says that is important because those numbers decide how the government distributes funds to Kansas.

"It's these funds that help pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services, and much more," she said. "These programs range from breakfast programs, special programs for the aging, to career and technical education grants, employment services, business and industry loans."

Kelly says in 2016, the state received more than $6 billion in funding for these programs.