Could We Live to See California Divided into Two States?

New California

It's no secret that some people are uncomfortable with the political opinions in California. As a general rule of thumb, many of the people who live in the coastal cities of California tend to be liberal. Conversely, those who live in the landlocked rural counties of California tend to be more conservative. Since the coastal cities have a larger population, California is governed as a liberal state. Not surprisingly, this makes many rural Californians feel left out.

Activists attempted to solve this problem in 2016 by submitting a proposal to split California into six different states. This attempt obviously failed, but some activists aren't giving up yet. The latest proposal stems from a "New California" movement that aims to split California into only two different states. One state will consist of the coastal cities. The other state with absorb the mostly rural counties.

Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed are the two men who are seeking to make "New California" a reality. Explaining the reasoning behind their plan, the two men said, "After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable." They continued to state that the citizens of the current version of California live “under a tyrannical form of government that does not follow" constitutional requirements.

Naturally, many people think the "New California" movement is just a bunch of angry people hoping for an extremely unlikely event to happen. However, Preston and Reed feel they have formed a plan that actually might work. It's true that dividing the state would fall along political leanings, but the split would also divide California into two distinct economies. The coastal cities would be an economy based on the technology and entertainment industries. Meanwhile, the new state would have an economy based primarily upon agriculture and manufacturing. Since these two types of economies often have very different legislative needs, it might actually make sense to split the state.

Unfortunately, even if the "New California" movement comes across as logical, it would need approval from both California and Congress. To put it lightly, this throws an awful lot of red tape in the way. However, if people were truly committed to the idea, the whole process could take less than a year.

What do you think about the "New California" movement? Would you help support it? Let us know below!


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