The great state of California may be looking to split up into 6 different states. This would bring the total number of stars on the US Flag up to 55. While California has been the most populated state for some time, the initiative to turn the territory into separate states dates back to just after the Gold Rush of the 1800’s. This time however the initiative is led by Tim Draper, a wealthy venture capitalist from Silicon Valley who thinks that they can do it right this time.
6 California States May Become A Reality
Draper wants to see California carved into 6 different states, using the existing county lines as the boundaries, so that current cities and zones are left with minimal impact. This would set up 6 separate state governments to hopefully better manage the 38 million people who live in the state’s current borders. Right now, it is presumed that the state is struggling financially and in infrastructure due to the thin spreading of its current resources. There are just too many people, cities, and items to have to worry about for one central government.
Some opponents to this 6 states initiative are worried that by carving the state into 6 different districts, the tax revenue from California’s 2 highest grossing areas would retain all of the state’s wealth for themselves, leaving little for the other 4 new states to sustain themselves with. The areas around Los Angeles and Silicon Valley would be able to retain all of the state taxes that their major corporations and industries provide, while the more rural zones would have little tax revenue to manage, yet still have a sizable population to support with what little is left.
If there are indeed 6 states created from the existing California, and 4 of them are left in relative poverty, there may be some backlash from those 4 remaining states later on. Residents of those 4 states might not appreciate the reduction in government spending on services ad programs for those people, as they have been accustomed to for their entire lives so far.
If the initiative to split the state is successful, you can look forward to adding these new state names to your list: Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California, and South California. So there would no longer really be a state called “California” if this becomes true.
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6 California States May Become A Reality.