Thursday, February 20, 2014

Petition to Split California Into 6 States Gets Green Light

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Since California has been in debt, some people want to solve that problem by creating six different states in California. Because California is too hard to govern, Tim proposed to separate the state and needed approval. Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given him the green light to start collecting petition signatures, but he has to get 807,615 registered voters in 150 days. The deadline for Tim would be July 18, 2014. California would be divided into a this -- San Diego and Orange County would make up "South California." "West California" would include LA and Santa Barbara, while "Central California" would include Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton. San Francisco and San Jose would be in the new "Silicon Valley" and "North California" would include the Sacramento area and "Jefferson" would be home to the Redding and Eureka areas. The reason for all of this commotion that Tim wants to solve, it's "because of recent social and economic changes California has become "nearly ungovernable"." However, Brendan Nyhan disagrees with the whole situation because "splitting California into six states would raise all sorts of concerns about the partisan balance of the senate." Brendan was an Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College believed that it would cause more problems and touch on subjects such as the water policy and agriculture policy.

In constrast, Debra Bowen is in favor for dividning the state because "all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end, with its assets and liabilities divided among the new states." Tim Draper is positive that this movement is going to be a success because he states that there are already several movements desiring to create new states out of California. Since California is in debt and if it isn't being issued with, the six states would all receive a portion of the debt.

California has been one state for a long period of time. Is now the time to split it up? In my knowledge, I don't know a whole bunch about the issues California faces today, but it would arise conflicts between a huge crowd. This will affect us in the future, but the question is, is it a good thing or a bad thing? California in six states would create problems, but it would also solve problems. The electoral college would change drastically because of the divided state, it would create more leaders and governors. People have said that California is hard to govern because of the money issue, or what? If we do split into six states, I cans ee why it would be easier to govern, but what about the economy and our reputation of a democracy state? I think that would definitely change in the future because since California would be in six states, republicans would at least take over one of the six. So it would cause a huge conundrum for Californians. We'll just have to wait and see!

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