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Oregon nets roughly $13.6 billion a year in federal funding that is tied to census data, PSU reports

FILE PHOTO - This sweeping vista of the Pearl District is shown here in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether or not a question about U.S. citizenship will be on the 2020 census. That question could affect federal funding for Oregon.

Many people believe the citizenship question will result in an undercount for non-citizens, and their households, if they refuse to respond.

Jason Jurjevich is acting director of Portland State University's population research center and an associate professor of urban studies and planning.

"Five of six Census Bureau directors serving under Republican and Democratic presidential administrations are opposed to the question, as well as a lot of policymakers, academics and elected officials," Jurjevich said, "in particular because when we add more questions to the form, it creates a situation where people tend to drop off in response rates."

He said accurate census data helps states get federal funding.

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