Posted tagged ‘Jeff Stone’

Are You Ready for a South California?

July 12, 2011

A politician in my home state of California, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, is proposing that the state split in half as a way to address political and logistical issues.

I’ve heard this story many times before and it’s never had enough legs. Maybe this time? Who knows…

From Time:

“This has struck a chord with a lot of people in the state who have suffered economically,” Stone, a Republican, told the Los Angeles Times. “We know it’s going to be a challenge to form a second state, but it’s not a impossible. We’re sending a message.”

Although actual secession may be unlikely, Stone and his supporters are sending a disgruntled message to Sacramento, where they allege Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is engaged in policies that do not reflect the ideals of half his state. In fact, Stone’s proposal calls California an “ungovernable” state in financial crisis where residents are suffering steep taxes to pay for welfare and illegal immigrants.

“After local governments have been cut to the bone, the state Legislature again passed a local government grab in their 2011-12 quasi-balanced budget with the same old gimmicky and overstated revenue predictions that will not materialize,” Stone wrote in his proposal report. “I have come to the conclusion that the state of California is too big to govern, that the political priorities of Southern California and Northern California are completely different.”

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