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New California: America’s Newest State?

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Anoushka Gupta, Staff Writer

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   On Monday January 16th, a committee of founders led by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed read the Declaration of Independence for what they hoped would be the 51st of the United States, New California.

   This movement is led by rural conservatives, who state high taxes, the government’s abuse of citizen’s rights, and an overwhelmingly liberal government as reasons for the split. One of the founders, Robert Paul Preston, stated, “Well, it [California] has 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.”

  If the group does get its wishes, then the current state of California would be divided into two, with the southern, urban communities remaining California, and rural communities becoming New California. The bill is supported by 21 of California’s 58 counties, with some notable counties being San Bernardino, Sierra, and Shasta.

  Shimoni Peiris (11) said, “We should split from California because the current state government has implemented a lot of unfair policies and taxes.”

  Unlike the previous Calexit campaign, the New California movement just wants to secede from California, not the Union. They would still be a part of the United States and be governed by federal laws. The movement is attempting to legally separate from California under Article IV Section 3 of the United States Constitution, which details how a state can be formed from another state if it has gained approval from the original state and the U.S Congress.

   However, few people believe that the state will actually be created. Yilei Dong (12), longtime California resident, said, “I feel like the split will not happen because if New California is created, we will lose a lot of important agricultural districts.”

   Regardless of backlash and harsh critique, New California’s founders have pledged to keep pushing for California’s split. While unlikely, one day New California may become America’s 51st state.

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