California county secession: A new state, Jefferson, might come to pass if people in the California county of Siskiyou eventually fight to secede from the rest of California over money issues following a vote. According to WebProNews this Thursday, Sept. 5, a considerable number of people in California are “done” with the state’s frequent financial troubles, and want to secede from the overarching state to become Jefferson state, a separate entity in the U.S.
While talk of a California county secession may sound absurd at first, a vote this week by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in support this Tuesday of pursuing a means of leaving California and becoming an independent state. Siskiyou County holds only 44,000 people, so with a population that relatively low becoming a state would be unfeasible, Siskiyou is allegedly aiming to ask other nearby counties in both Oregon and California to join them in leaving the state and forming Jefferson. Quite a few residents of the unhappy county say that with a new state, the money issues would not be a constant pain, and the process shouldn’t be too hard.
”Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights,” commented Siskiyou County resident Gabe Garrison this Tuesday on the ability to secede. “We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life.”
One County Supervisor added that he hasn’t heard any complaints from any county residents about the pursuit to leave and have a California county secession.
“I haven’t had one contact in regard to this issue that’s in opposition,” Kobseff said. “Not one ... And we had the vote to pursue the matter.”
There was one board chair who did vote against the county’s secession proposal, however, hoping that Siskiyou would be better off trying to solve any financial issues or burdening money troubles by working through them together “within the system and as part of the state of California.” The board member added that a pursuit of secession goes against the Constitution, further adding to the debate and the possibility of the 51st state, Jefferson.
Do you think a California county secession might indeed come to pass? Should the state of Jefferson, separate from that of California, be considered due to the county wanting to distance itself from the overarching state’s financial issues?