Activists Seek to Create 51st State: ‘New California’

Founders of the movement have crafted a declaration of independence from Sacramento.

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Citing high taxes and the inequitable delivery of basic services, a group of disgruntled activists representing California’s rural counties is looking to declare independence from their urban coastal counterparts and form a 51st state called New California.

The founders of the movement reportedly declared their independence Monday, reading a document outlining their grievances. In a press release, they called the current state “ungovernable” and pointed to “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.”

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time,” founder Robert Paul Preston told CBS. “High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”

New California hopefuls are citing their right to secede under Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which states “no new States 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.”

Founders and supporters are working with the state legislature and are organized, with representatives serving on New California counties and committees, but they say it will be about 10 to 18 months before they are ready to engage with the state, CBS reported. They face an uphill battle securing approval at both the state and federal level to achieve statehood.

“Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” founder Tom Reed told CBS. (Click to Source)

 

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