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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday Oct 22 2014 5A State Jefferson proponents ask for county declaration Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Does Plumas County want to be part of a 51st state? Representatives who want to form the state of Jefferson presented their plan to the Board of Supervisors in front of a standing-room-only audience Oct. 14. Inadequate representation, high taxesand unnecessary regulations top the reasons proponents want to leave California and form a new state composed of a dozen or so northern counties. Mark Baird, a businessman from Siskiyou County, made a well-organized, thoughtful presentation that lasted just short of one hour. Citing constitutional law and historical precedent, Baird laid out the reasons a new north state is needed and the process to accomplish it. He wanted to leave the meeting with a declaration of support from the supervisors, but that didn't occur. "I think the people should vote," Board Chairman Jon Kennedy said. "A declaration causes no legal action," Baird said. "I'm not opposed to the ballot, but there is a somewhat narrow window." An audience member encouraged the supervisors to vote, but Supervisor Lori Simpson responded, "I know a lot of people in my district are • against it." "It isn't legally binding," Baird said. Since the presentation had not been listed as an agenda item, the board declined to vote. Chairman Kennedy, who has voiced his opposition to the idea in the past, listened carefully to Baird's remarks, and then said one of his biggest concerns was the financial viability of a new State. - "I think there's huge flaws," he said. Baird said there is an 88-page financial document available for review on the group's website. "Not only viable, but profitable," he said. "We are not poor in Northern California," Baird added later. "We've been impoverished." He recalled how timber receipts from federal land used to fund Siskiyou County's schools and roads before logging came to a standstill in the wake of spotted owl protections and other state and federal regulations. Baird has received calls of interest from Sacramento, Riverside and Inyo counties, but said the goal is to stop at 12 or 13 counties. The literature lists 18 potential counties that have pages on the state of Jefferson website as well as a contact person: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba. Humboldt County is included on the tentative north state map, but doesn't have a Web page. Of the counties listed, the boards of supervisors for Siskiyou, Modoc, Tehama, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn have voted to proceed with investigating the formation of a new state by passing the declaration, and Siskiyou and Modoc have been registered with the secretary of state, the next step in the process. Representation Regarding representation, Baird quoted George Washington: "One for 30,000 is democracy; one for 40,OO0 is tyranny." Baird said that each state senator represents 900,000 people, while assembly members represent 450,000. Northern California is represented by three out of 80 seats in the assembly and two out of 40 in the senate. "We have no representation that's effective on the state level," Baird said. "They are doing their best, but they are overwhelmed." The state of Jefferson would have its own state senators, assembly members and governor, as well as two U.S. senators and congressional representatives. Taxation and regulations Baird enumerated a host of taxes and fees paid by Californians including gas and carbon taxes, and regulations that govern private property, and said it would be different in the state of Jefferson. According to the group's literature, the state of Jefferson means "less taxes, state sovereignty, fewer agencies, less bureaucracy, representation in government, better business climate, utilization of natural resources and more freedom." More information can be found on the website JeffersonDeclaration.net. Baird offered to return to the county as many times as necessary to talk about the state of Jefferson and to answer questions. The supervisors did not set another meeting date to discuss the issue further. A PULL SE fresh pastries L, • breads & bagels q'   ° cakes & pies ---=-'   ° coffee & espresso • Halloween Cupcakes  k • Decorated Cookies [  • Hot Chocolate !iMP, OPI=N TUI=S-SAT ._' J st., qui.. • z00-gz6z , Richard K. 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