California to vote on proposal to split state into three parts

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot

A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot. And the last time California voted to split - in 1859 voters chose to split the state into two - Congress never acted, according to the Mercury News.

Opponents are anxious how the state's vast resources would be divided were the state to break apart and say the proposal would harm poor regions while demarcating rich areas that generate most of California's current tax revenue.

Northern Californians looking to run away from Sacramento and San Francisco to join the state of Jefferson will be severely disappointed as the proposal draws the line for Northern California all the way past the current state capital.

And Southern California, moving from Mono County along the state's eastern and southern borders to San Diego, and including Fresno and Kern counties.

The new California would retain Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

According to a letter from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, the new states will face income disparities, in addition to "virtually certain" court challenges that could take years to resolve.

If approved by voters in November, it would still have to be approved by both houses of the state legislature, and then the US Congress.

The proposal was spearheaded by a venture capitalist who says regional communities would function better. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens". His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected.

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population.

Steve Maviglio, a consultant and critic of Draper's efforts, charged that the plan would lead to "political chaos", charging that it would cost each of the new states millions, the Chronicle said.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", said Tim Draper, a technology mogul behind the measure.

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