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A little bit about history...

While splitting the State of California may seem revolutionary, it is in fact not an original idea.  Did you know that as early as 1776 and as recently as 2013 states have been considering succession under certain circumstances?  Take a look at the following milestones where different states in the union considered breaking off to form a separate state.

 

  1776 – Kentucky left Virginia

  1791 – Vermont left New York

  1820 Maine left Massachusetts

  1861 – West Virginia left Virginia

  1942 South Oregon & North California “almost” left their states to become the State of Jefferson

  1992 Assemblyman Stan Statham proposed legislation that would split the State of California into North and South parts.

  2013 – 8 Northern Colorado counties propose splitting into a separate state in response to gun control and oil/gas legislation

 

Why would a state consider succession?  There are several reasons, ranging from disputes over natural resources to political differences sparked by recent legislation.  One of California's more pressing issues recently has been the state of the economy.  In particular, the "blue" portions of the state often do not see eye to eye with the "red" portions of the state in regards to such fundamental differences as gun control, abortion, taxation, and many, many other issues.  California has also, over the years, seen a large spike in it's population as diverse groups of people move to the state to call it their home.  This results in what Thomas Jefferson described as a government so large as to be deemed ungovernable. 

How does this affect you?  You might see an increase in your taxes and cost of living, a decrease in your daily benefits (such as the ability to find a job), and many other things we take for granted.  The end result is that the quality of life overall is lower for each citizen and we are not as individually prosperous as we once were.


 



Courtesy LIFE IN THE (NOT SO GOLDEN) PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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