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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order creating a committee aimed at encouraging an accurate federal census in the state next year.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday in a release the 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee, which she leads, has roughly 60 members from numerous organizations and communities statewide. It includes business, academic, governmental and faith-based representatives.

Whitmer says the diverse group will work to ensure a comprehensive count so Michigan gets the right amount of federal money as well as accurate representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee is charged with raising awareness of the Census and identifying and overcoming barriers to achieving a full count.

The group will advise the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

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