How will this impact schools in California?

In its current state, California ranks last in the country in high school graduation rates and near the bottom in high-priority subjects like math. The California Department of Education simply cannot manage 6.2 million students, nearly 300,000 teachers and more than 1,000 school districts. Cal 3 will bring critical decision-making closer to home, giving states a fresh start and families better choices, with greater accountability and outcomes for everyone.

How would creating three new states impact my taxes?

Californians pay the highest taxes in the nation, and yet our tax dollars are mismanaged in every way. Cal 3 would encourage each state set lower tax rates to encourage families and employers to make their home there.

How would this impact California’s water systems?

The water system in California is one of the most complex in the world. On top of that, Californians face enormous challenges related to our water systems, from delivery to costs to cleanliness. Cal 3 would allow for innovative solutions to California’s current water crisis that empowers each region to cooperate more effectively than the current state system. Californians need — and deserve — clean water reliably delivered, and Cal 3 is much more likely to provide that than the broken status quo.

Will the U.S. Congress approve it?

The critical first step is that Cal 3 is poised to qualify for inclusion on the November ballot, with nearly double the required support for a ballot measure and with signatures from all 58 of California’s counties. Once voters say YES to Cal 3, the state legislature — if they reflect the will of the people – will recommend the Cal 3 plan to the U.S. Congress, which will decide whether or not to support the self-determination of Californians.

Will dividing the state impact businesses in California?

The current state of California is ranked dead last to do business with. Californians are losing jobs, tax revenue and infrastructure benefits to more business-friendly and nimble states. With Cal 3, each state can maximize its regional advantages to encourage new business investment and, ultimately, more jobs and a surging economic climate.

How would this impact the prison system?

The current overcrowded, underfunded prison system is failing Californians — giving each region more direct responsibility through Cal 3 will allow for innovative solutions that are much more likely to lead to rehabilitation than the status quo.

Will this impact marginalized communities in our state?

Communities will no longer fall through the cracks. Breaking up California’s 58 counties into new states will result in smaller counties finally having a voice without competing with the influence of larger counties — elected officials in the new states would have a greater knowledge of what their constituents need based on the area’s unique qualities.

Will I need a passport?

Not at all — it would be the same as traveling between states like Nevada and Arizona. Residents in areas like Maryland or Virginia often travel through several states within an hour during their daily commute and it does not require a passport or other special permission.

Is there risk in how California is being divided?

Not even remotely close to the very real day-to-day negative impact we face by extending the failing top-down system of state control that has led to failing schools, runaway taxes and crumbling infrastructure. Cal 3 creates three new states that would be roughly even in population, wealth and resources, all with a new, more responsive government that more directly reflects and respects the needs of citizens.

How will this enhance our sense of community?

Rather than being managed remotely — and ineffectively — from Sacramento, each state will have the autonomy to make choices based on the most pressing needs and opportunities closest to home. Cal 3 uses our region’s natural geographic boundaries to emphasize local identity, while retaining existing county lines in order to preserve Californians’ natural pride in our diverse population. The needs of local communities can be brought into the spotlight and communities can elect officials that will best represent them.

What will happen to our electoral representation?

Electoral College votes will be divided among the new states based on population, roughly the same as they are apportioned today, but with the additional recognition that comes with more direct and proportional influence over the Electoral College totals. More states will equal more seats in the U.S. Senate — the four additional Senators will dramatically increase our region’s influence within the federal government.

Do we have to elect new government officials?

Each new state has an opportunity to elect officials who best represent the region’s specific subset of views and legislative needs, from governors to state representatives to the same proportionally allocated members of U.S. Congress to brand-new Senators. State leaders will be much better positioned to serve the needs of their region than the current system.

Who will determine which region handles interstate needs?

The new regionally represented governments will work together to address cross-state issues like water rights, healthcare, debt and higher education. Cal 3 will allow for each region to act more responsively and responsibly on behalf of its citizens than the current dysfunctional top-down system based exclusively in Sacramento.

Is “Cal 3” related to “CalExit”?

No — Cal 3 is a completely different initiative. Cal 3 will not separate any part of California from the United States – it will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations. Think of North Carolina and South Carolina; North Dakota and South Dakota; West Virginia and Virginia – California is already known for its Northern and Southern identities. Cal 3 will empower Californians to create better results for their families and communities.

Is this legal?

Yes. The first step is getting Cal 3 on the ballot; more than double the number of people required to get a ballot initiative approved signed on to support Cal 3, and the qualification process is nearly complete. When Californians vote this fall to say YES to Cal 3, the statute would move to the Legislature for approval. Assuming the Legislature reflects the will of the voters, final approval is needed from the U.S. Congress.

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