Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Could 55 States be in our Future?

The Secretary of State says backers of an initiative to divide California into six states can start gathering signatures to put it on the ballot. 
The plan is the brainchild of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has backed companies like Hot Mail, Skype and Tesla. He says the state is too large to govern efficiently and that residents don’t have a responsive government.
Just last year, several northern California counties began efforts to form their own state. Draper’s plan gives them their own state. Sacramento is lumped in with Marin County for form a northern California state. Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside anchor three other states. 
It will take 808,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Even if Draper has a grassroots base of support, and there is no evidence that he does, it might take several million dollars to gather enough signatures. Many efforts now rely on professional signature gathering companies. That won’t be a problem for Draper, who earlier spent $15 million of his own money to back an effort to bring a voucher program for schools. That effort ultimately failed.
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