Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone recently called for southern California to secede and form a new state:
Is the state of California about to go “South”?
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone apparently thinks so, after proposing that the county lead a campaign for as many as 13 Southern California counties to secede from the state.
Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new state of South California.
The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said.
“Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public,” Stone said in his statement…..
Stone said he would present his proposal to the Board of Supervisors July 12.
The new state would have no term limits, only a part-time legislature and limits on property taxes.
Even if Stone succeeds in getting other southern Californians to support his plan, it faces very long legal and political odds. As Bill Whalen points out, the Constitution does not allow a state’s territory to be divided without its own consent. And the admission of a new state to the Union requires approval by Congress. Obviously, the California state legislature is unlikely to agree to the secession. And even if it does, congressional Democrats are unlikely to approve the admission of a state with two new Republican senators unless a new majority-Democratic state is admitted at the same time (e.g. – Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia).
Ironically, the Constitution is far more clear about making it hard for territories […]