Some California residents are questioning whether they want to continue to be part of the woketopia created by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
This week, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for a proposed referendum that asks “whether secession should be considered as a possibility,” according to the Associated Press.
“Voters will not be asked whether San Bernardino County should secede from the nation’s most populous state,” the AP continued. “They are being asked whether secession should be an option the county could consider to obtain what the measure calls San Bernardino County’s fair share of state and federal resources.”
The report noted that San Bernardino County covers more than 20,000 square miles, making it the largest county geographically among the lower 48 states. It is bigger than Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island combined.
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The drive for potential secession was fed by a report that showed San Bernardino County ranked just 36th out of 56 California counties in terms of per-capita revenue received from the state and federal governments.
The ballot question, which will be revisited next week for final approval, asks voters if the county, in the effort to reap more of its share of revenues, should consider “all options … up to and including secession?”
Board Chairman Curt Hagman told the AP it would be acceptable “(i)f the worst thing that comes out of this is a study that will be ammunition for our state representatives to fight for more money for us.”
But, as the AP pointed out, the secession idea is not new in California.
In 2018, the state Supreme Court pulled from the ballot a measure that would have allowed voters to determine if the state would be split into three states. Other proposals have included severing the state from the U.S. altogether or making a separate state out of some northern counties.
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