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Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Plan To Split California Into Three States Earns Spot On November Ballot

Plan To Split California Into Three States Earns Spot On November Ballot

When Californians head to the polls this fall, they'll get to vote on whether or not America's largest and arguably most important state should be broken into three. The measure is the brainchild of Bay Area venture capitalist (and Bitcoin booster) Tim Draper.

California's Secretary of State has officially confirmed that a proposal has become eligible to be on the state's ballot this November.

Per the Los Angeles Times, more than 200 attempts have been made since 1849 to divide California into multiple states.

In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson", which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon.

The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.

In 2013, he launched Six Californias, a plan that would divide up the Golden State into six states. The new California state along the coast from the counties of Monterey to Los Angeles would be a net importer of water from the proposed Northern California and Southern California. The number of representatives in the U.S. House could change slightly based on each state's population breakdown.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity", Draper said in a May interview with CNN. For example, about 70 percent of the current state's general fund is derived from personal income taxes, which California assesses on a steeply graduated scale.

Draper, known for his early investments in companies like Hotmail, had been pushing this initiative for years, but never amassed enough signatures.

If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress.

The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal.

In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

Turning one state into three would create four new US senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington.

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