“Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public”

So argues Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, in explaining why he proposed his county and 13 others in Southern California secede from the state. More:

Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new state of South California.

The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said.


He unveiled his proposal on the day Gov. Jerry Brown signed budget legislation that will divert about $14 million in 2011-12 vehicle license fee revenue from four new Riverside County cities.

Officials fear the cut will cripple the new cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

Stone said he would present his proposal to the Board of Supervisors July 12.

The new state would have no term limits, only a part-time legislature and limits on property taxes.

Red county in blue state. How many others feel the need to secede in order to secure the borders? Educate rather than indoctrinate? Create a vibrant economy?

h/t  pjHusband

UPDATE: linked by Pundette as a “Featured Blog.” Thanks!


3 Responses

  1. Maybe you can swing down, Lisa, and enjoy a lower-tax haven where government doesn’t impose so many restrictions upon business that all small businesses don’t flee!

    ; )

  2. Can we be an outlying county that secedes with them? Pretty please. Except we’re in Nor Cal. Boo. I have a friend who lives in Menifee. I wonder if he knows that he’s moving to a new state. 🙂

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