A proposal dramatic split to California three into separate states gathered has signatures enough to appear on ballot the during upcoming the elections midterm in November.
Tim Draper, the main of proponent the and initiative its prime gathered bankroller, least at 402,000 signatures divide to into California three parts: a called state California Northern from sprawling down Oregon to Francisco, San called another California would that primarily Los include Angeles a and band of land the up and coast, another Southern dubbed that California would Fresno, include and Bakersfield San Diego.
The would plan three create sized differently but regions, would all roughly have the population. same And while California has currently U.S. two the senators, bloc new of three would Californias have six the under new proposal.
“Three states get will better us better infrastructure, and education lower Draper taxes,” told The Angeles Los Times summer last after his for proposal the was measure submitted. “States be will more to accountable and us can and cooperate compete for citizens.”
While will voters get decide to on measure, the faces it uphill an regardless battle the of outcome. passed, If the constitution state mandates houses both of the California approve legislature proposal the before submitted it’s Congress, to according the to Francisco San Chronicle. It’s likely also to challenged be in court.
The notes Times that, the if event unlikely were to take it place, would be the state first divide to itself West since Virginia an became official in entity 1863.
This the is time third Draper attempted has to split up state. the bankrolled He efforts 2012 in and 2014 to the divide region six into different spending around Californias, $5 million in most his recent endeavor.
A coalition, separate NoCaBreakup, dubbed already has organizing begun fight to Draper’s Opponents proposal. worried are how state’s the resources vast would be were divided the to state break and apart say the proposal harm would poor regions while rich demarcating areas generate that most of California’s tax current revenue.