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Plan to split California into six states gets approval to collect signatures for voting

February 21
11:36 PM 2014

Investor Tim Draper proposed a plan to divide California into six states. This week, state gave the green light for a signature campaign to put the plan on the California poll, according to TechCrunch.

As of now, Draper still needs to collect around 800,000 signatures to have the plan included in the vote. Once it gets past the ballot box, the plan could still encounter opposition from the feds. This campaign can cost at least $3 for every signature, but Draper said he's willing to invest in the campaign's success, the report detailed.

Earlier this year, the state released an official analysis of the effect of Draper's plan, including what would happen if Silicon Valley became a separate state. According to the analysis cited by the report, because the Valley has a high wealth concentration, a lot of schools and public services in the less successful parts of California could lose funding if the plan succeeded.

According to Draper, California has become unmanageable and therefore needs a dose of decentralization. He proposed that California be split into six new states, namely, Silicon Valley, West California, South California, Central California, North California, and Jefferson. The plan still has a long way to go, but it seems it has already jumped past the first obstacle, TechCrunch reported.

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