California To Divide Into Three States?

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On Tuesday, a three-states campaign called “Cal-3” has submitted 600,000 signatures, enough to qualify it for the November ballot.

The Cal-3 initiative calls for the state of California to be divided into three jurisdictions composed of: California (6 counties), Northern California (40 counties), and Southern California (12 counties). The differences between each proposed state can be found here.

The proposal serves to divide the state of California to empower “Californians to direct the state legislature and U.S. Congress to create three new states, which will lead to better decision making and real solutions closer to home” — focusing on bringing the power back to local governments to fix local issues concerning education, taxation, and infrastructure.

Venture capitalist investor, Timothy Draper, has financially supported the Cal-3 proposal, claiming “California government has rotted. We need to empower our population to improve their government.”

The chance of this proposal succeeding is unlikely according to a SurveyUSA poll where only 17 percent of registered California voters support the initiative, with another 72 percent opposing it. If the proposal were to be voted in, the California Assembly and Senate would also have to approve it.

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