Keep it California
I want to thank The Union’s Editorial Board for starting to educate the public about the risks and realities of dividing California into two states, in their Jan. 30 editorial.
This article mentions that estimated budget for the 51st new state does not reflect the collection of corporate taxes. The last thing we would want to do is give big corporation more tax breaks. Remember, the devil is in the details — educate yourself before you vote.
I am a native of California and Nevada County. I have started to become educated about the risks Nevada County faces if our state were to be divided. I have learned that the fiscal impacts to our schools and county services would be great. For example, the county budget receives 28.3 percent of its money from the state ($195,557,876), per the Nevada County Executive office staff. This is funding designated to provide services and it is money that is circulated directly and indirectly into our local economy. The impact for the other counties designated for the split would experience devastating results to their county and schools’ budgets too. I fear that Nevada and Placer counties would have to assist these counties to stay afloat and we don’t have the surplus revenue sources to provide that kind of help.
Services that we depend on like Cal Fire would go away with the state split and we would need to incur huge deficits to purchase the equipment and employee the workers to replace this state service.
Think about all the state funding that comes to Nevada County. Most of us are unaware and take for granted what the state with the seventh largest economy in the world does for us on a daily basis. We seem to be much like rebellious teenagers that think our parents could do a better job taking care of us.
This is not to denigrate all the hard working people of the North state who have been impacted by the lack of representation or regulation. I invite you to join with the non-partisan group — Keep It California — to develop collaborative focus groups to work closely with our elected officials, like Brian Dalhe to get our needs met. We would have to lobby for our needs away, but we would be dealing with a whole new legislature as a new state and that new governing body would come with a very expensive price tag. We don’t need more government, we need to learn to better interact with our legislators to have our voices heard and to make needed changes.
Let us start with the most cost-effective and effective approach of collaborative lobbying, rather than plunging into a costly and chaotic scheme that divides and distracts us.
I encourage our county Board of Supervisors and our Superintendent of Schools to start now to educate the public about the risks and realities of splitting our great state.
Lily Marie-Mora lives in Rough and Ready.
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