The Six States idea: “starry-eyed”

The L.A. Times’ Hiltzik echoes my conclusion about the Six States proposal:

“Draper’s roots in Silicon Valley inevitably raise the suspicion that his goal is to preserve the economic advantages of his home region by sloughing off the burden imposed on its residents by other, less vibrant, parts of the state.”

He then goes on to give a better idea than hacking Califoria into six states.

“It’s true that Californians have lost contact with their government as more budgeting and administration has been upstreamed to Sacramento.

“But that’s not because California’s big; it’s because the financing strictures of Proposition 13 forced the state government into the role of the chief disburser of money to local governments and school boards. That’s taken decision-making for everything from pothole repair to art and music classes out of the hands of the locals.

“But you hardly have to create six whole new states to give it back; you need to restructure the tax and budgeting system — not an easy job, but a lot easier than the one Draper advocates.”

Draper’s proposal is just another example of Coastal California making policy for an inland region it neither understands nor really cares about. He might as well have proposed naming our region the state of Afterthought. The rest is the tired old canard that government would be better if it were run like a buisness. Rich guys get to play at things; we don’t have to humor them.

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