California needs a refresh. Our public schools have gone from the top in the nation to 47th. We are ranked 50th out of 50 for the worst business climate in the United States. We have high unemployment and the percentage of people living below the poverty line is steadily increasing. Our state needs a massive investment in infrastructure and a streamlined process to help grow and keep businesses. Our state needs our help.
Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. Our opportunity to create a better future for all 38 million of us.
Six Californias means creating six smaller states with more local and more responsive government. Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents.
With Six Californias we can refresh our government. We can rethink our systems of education. We can revitalize markets and innovation. We can reassure a brighter future.
California is a beautiful place to live. Let's make it a great place to thrive.
What is the Six Californias Initiative?
● Six Californias is an Initiative to create six states with more local, responsive, efficient and representative governments.
Why are you proposing the Six Californias Initiative?
● Under the existing system, California has become the worst managed state in the nation. We need to refresh and reset the government to better meet the diverse needs and interests of all Californians.
Why six states and not two or three?
● Natural regions emerged after extensive research was conducted. The lines drawn were based on various statistics such as population, demographics, value systems, prominent industries, income levels, water issues, geography, and other considerations. For more details, you can find the Cal Facts 2013 report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office report here.
What if our county doesn’t agree on the state to which we’ve been assigned?
● Counties will be allowed to vote for reassignment through November 17th, 2017 (pending approval by the state to which they are going).
What will happen to existing laws, tax codes and regulations?
● Every new state will start with a clean slate. Each state will be able to decide what laws and tax structures best suit the needs of its community. Presumably, each state will take the best of the current system and improve on the parts that don’t work well.
How would difficult decisions around California debt, higher education and water rights be made?
● A Board of 24 Commissioners will be appointed to negotiate how assets and liabilities are shared among the new state. 6 positions will be appointed by the Senate, 6 by the Assembly, and 2 representatives for each proposed state appointed by the counties within each state.
How would this change our representation in Washington D.C.?
● The number of U.S. Senators would increase to 12 (2 for each of the 6 new states). This means there would be more political representation for the California region in Washington D.C.
Who is supporting this Initiative?
● There has been an overwhelming grassroots support for this initiative with enthusiastic backers from each of the six proposed states getting involved. Tim Draper, a native Californian, former California Board of Education member, entrepreneur, and investor, is spearheading the initiative.