The bid to split California into three separate states has gained an incredible amount of traction over the last few months, and this measure will now officially be on the November ballot. While there is still quite a bit of speculation coming from all sides, many are excited about the possibilities. Here is a closer look at just a few of the changes that may happen if this measure is voted through.
Tim Draper is one of the primary backers of this bid, and he believes that he won’t need to move his companies out of the state if the measure is approved. Northern California would continue to thrive as one the biggest tech capitals in the world because much of their tax money would be diverted back into companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. Those companies would no longer have to worry about residents in Los Angeles and San Diego dictating where their corporate taxes would go. Some of their corporate taxes could even be used to create affordable housing in areas that have a skyrocketing real estate market.
If this proposal is pushed through, then the new California would run from Los Angeles to Monterey. That area is widely known for its expansive manufacturing industry and booming housing market. The real estate market might begin to level out if some of the homes for sale are no longer picked up by foreign investors. The new California could create strict homeowner laws that prevent outside interests from purchasing huge tracts of land. California could also reverse some of the fishing taxes that primarily target San Francisco and San Diego, and that may attract additional vessels to their ports.
Southern California has a completely different culture, and that is one of the best arguments for separating the state. Residents of Southern California come from all over the world, and this new state could work on creating their own path to citizenship that benefits all residents. As for the Inland Empire, residents could focus on government programs that allow the agriculture industry to thrive. Those areas are sometimes held back by laws that were designed to protect Los Angeles County and other highly-populated areas. They could also reduce taxes on commercial transportation hubs that send goods throughout the country.
No one knows exactly what is going to take place if California splits into three states, but many experts believe that it could be a good change. The smaller states would be able to focus on important issues such as lowering their taxes and improving infrastructure.