There’s a Plan to Split California Into 6 States. Here’s What It Might Look Like.
Five new governors, five new DMVs, no plan on how to divide CA’s financial obligations, public works, highway maintenance, dams, water resources, just for starters. Covered California health plans would cease to exist. People with plain old health insurance plans tied to a single state would lose them. How does the great “visionary” of this plan see things working out? With the software designer’s famous “miracle occurs here” box on the flow chart, I guess.
This is what you get when billionaires get bored. They used to create things like great universities, libraries, hospitals, and museums. Now the just create monuments to their gigantic egos.
Proponents of a ballot initiative aimed at splitting California into six states (or, more simply, one proponent: venture capitalist Tim Draper) may have collected enough signatures to put the initiative on the ballot. This is the beauty and the annoyance of California’s initiative and referenda system. If you have enough cash, getting something on the ballot is relatively trivial, meaning that relatively trivial ideas — like splitting California into six different states — can be put up for a vote. (Happily, in this instance the federal government would have to sign off on the idea, which it will never do, because, come on.)
Draper’s proposal is that California become six different states, each with its own capital and senators and so on. That’s really one of the main selling points: Why should the millions of people in California have the same number of senators as the hundreds of thousands of people in Wyoming? And the answer is: Because you get to live by the coast and the redwoods and the beautiful people of Los Angeles and that is the price you pay. Everyone knows that.