Billionaire Says That Breaking Up California Would Benefit The Entire United States
California’s local governments have been at war over recent liberal laws. Most say that the state is too large and diverse to be governed in its current condition.
Reportedly, breaking the state up would reallocate the same funds dividing them by each new state. More importantly, it would allow each new state the ability to vote on individual laws instead of being ruled by the liberal elite few, as it is now.
According to NBC Bay Area, this plan splits California by county as followed:
CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Tulare
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaqui, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.
The proposal estimates to divide California’s debts and secure congressional approval within two years after voter approval, it would be difficult for this timeline to be put into practice. When West Virginia
separated from Virginia, court cases related to the states’ debts persisted for about 50 years.
Some of the legal and practical issues of splitting up California suggest there is a high likelihood that the process would take many years to complete.
This measure would have the following major fiscal effects:
Assuming this measure is approved by voters and the federal government and allowed
by the courts, all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California
would end. California’s existing state assets and liabilities would be divided among
three new states. These states would make their own decisions about state and local
taxes and spending.
Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper says his petition to break up California into three states has garnered enough signatures for the initiative to be added to the ballot this November.
Draper lobbied unsuccessfully for similar ballot initiatives in 2014 and 2016, but this year he said he was able to amass approximately 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,880 required.
This new proposal could be voted on as early as next week. Experts say that out of all the plans brought before the voters in the past, this one stands the best chance of being passed. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.