Will California be split into two states?
A group of California citizens have proposed that the Golden State be split into two, with a new portion being named “New California”.
Earlier this week, the founders of New California took a step in making this happen by reading their own Declaration of Independence from California, which they say is “ungovernable.”
“The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny,” the group declared in a document published online. “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable.”
New California proposes that most of the densely populated coastal cities stay in California, while the rest of the rural part of the state would become New California — including areas like Fresno, Riverside, and parts of the High Desert and Northern California.
“The nature of the state becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more,” New California’s executive summary says.
If it would able to be pulled off, the founders of New California say it would become the sixth largest state and have an estimated 25-27 seats in the US House of Representatives.
It’s obviously a long shot.
As noted by The San Diego Tribune, “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.”
So, that’s that.