SALT LAKE CITY — Legislative leaders are now looking at spending as much as $1 million to help promote participation in the 2020 census after choosing not to come up with any cash last session.

“We may have dropped the ball a bit there. The dynamics of the census have changed,” said Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, with more reliance on state and local governments to get citizens to fill out the forms.

Vickers said legislative leaders met jointly Tuesday to talk about spending $500,000 to $1 million on the census, an issue that also was brought to closed Republican caucus meetings.

“The bottom line is we have to count everybody. If we don’t, we get behind,” Vickers said. Utah gained a fourth seat in Congress because of population increases measured in the last census a decade ago.

Vickers said while Utah may not see another U.S. House seat as a result of this census, that could happen in 2030. The population numbers are also key to redrawing the state’s congressional, legislative and State School Board boundaries.

Census data also determines the distribution of federal funds for roads, schools and other needs.

“I’m pleased to hear they are having those conversations because it is …read more


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