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Census 2020: Potential Impacts On Essential Services In Washtenaw County

Jan 10, 2020

(L)-Ruth Kraut, Washtenaw County Deputy Health Officer (R)-Teresa Gillotti, Interim Director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development.
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89.1 WEMU has teamed with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development to bring you a series of monthly reports on the issues surrounding the upcoming census in 2020.  In this edition, we explore how the census will impact essential services in Washtenaw County. 


The United States census is so much more than just a head count.  It is a snapshot of America that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed, where businesses choose to ship products and where they build new stores.  To do all that properly, the count needs to be accurate.  The count next year could lead to Michigan losing one of it's congressional seats in Washington.  There are a number of ways the census is used to lead and govern in Washtenaw County, too.

Census Day is scheduled for April 1st of 2020.  Between now and then, 89.1 WEMU will continue to bring you a series of interviews looking at census issues including, privacy and confidentiality, how it impacts our representation and local funding, why college students and the homeless matter in the count, the hows and whys of taking the census, and what happens after the census is completed. 

In this edition, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the potential impacts on essential services in Washtenaw County. The guests are Teresa Gilloti, who serves as interim director of the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, and, Ruth Kraut, deputy director of Washtenaw County Public Health. 

RESOURCES:

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Washtenaw County Census-2020

2020 Census Research, Operation Plans and Oversight

Census 101

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu