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A group in California is trying to form the 51st state in the union called New California. The founders of the state of New California took the first steps, they hope, towards statehood with the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence. They do not want to leave the United States, only the State of California, according to CBS Sacramento. “Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.
The new state would take most of the rural area around the state. This is most of the land in California. They would leave the more urban, coastal areas as California. “There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.
The state of New California wants to do things like West Virginia did, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done. “Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” said founder Tom Reed. Now, the question arises: Should New California be allowed to become the 51st state in the union?
CBS Sacramento: New California Declares Independence From Rest Of State
Should New California be allowed to become the 51st state in the union? If they prove they can govern themselves, should they be allowed to form a separate state? Or, is this an unbelievably crazy idea?