The United States will conduct its once-every-decade census next year, generating critical data that affects government funding, electoral representation and planning for population growth and demographic trends.

But while it’s crucial that each and every Utahn be counted, many areas of the state present challenges to a full and accurate census. And state lawmakers decided earlier this year to make no investment toward helping the count — a decision now characterized as a mistake by Republican leaders that could prompt a special legislative session.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporter Lee Davidson, Murray Democratic Rep. Karen Kwan, and Salt Lake County Office of New Americans director Ze Min Xiao join reporter Benjamin Wood to discuss the preparations, problems and proposals surrounding the 2020 census.

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