2nd California County Votes to Secede
Jefferson State gets its second would-be member
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
In this July 27, 2010 file photo, Darcy Locken, right, the Modoc County Auditor, outlines the counties financial problems during a County Board of Supervisors meeting in Alturas, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – The hypothetical state of Jefferson got another would-be member last night, when the supervisors of Modoc County voted 4-0 to secede from California. Neighboring Siskiyou County also voted to cut ties from the state earlier this month, as part of a grand vision of uniting several other conservative Northern California and like-minded southern Oregon counties into a new state. Chairwoman Geri Byrne tells al-Jazeera that in a packed crowd of around 40 constituents, only two spoke against secession.

California's 33 rural counties contain just 9% of its population, and have proportional representation in the state legislature. Byrne says that's left people frustrated, particularly given various environmental laws."We don't tell people in Los Angeles how to manage crime, so why should they tell us how to farm potatoes?" she reasons. But one resident complains that the Jefferson idea is "romantic" but "not economically viable," because the county receives more money from the state than it pays in taxes.

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Sep 27, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
good riddance. They're a drain on the state budget.
Sep 26, 2013 8:37 PM CDT
The liberals always say that the county or city that wants to secede pays less in taxes to the State than the States gives them in return, therefore it would be a bad financial move. Although this may be hard to believe it may be true (and that's a big 'may'). If it is true, then the majority of any city or county budget comes in the form of education. While it may be true that they will lose the State subsidies for their educational needs, there are two things to remember that are not included in the equation that the liberals forgot to include. First: the new State will now be able to decide how to run and manage its educational commitments. This will surely decrease the cost of their educational expenses by not having to have programs that large liberal cities have; Second: A large portion of the money that the State gives to it's counties and cities comes from the Federal Gov't. While it's true this new State will no longer get money from California, they will indeed get that money directly from the Federal Gov't and they won't have to share it with the large liberal cities that they currently share it with. There are many other programs that the Federal Gov. will give directly to the new State which they got in much smaller portions when they were still city/counties before they seceded. This new State will indeed have more money when you add in the new Federal monies that they will get. Plus they will now be able to have equal representation for their constituents on a federal and state level that they do not get now.
Sep 26, 2013 7:39 PM CDT
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