Opposing the Formation of a State of Jefferson

RESOLUTION 15-05.20

Opposing the Formation of a State of Jefferson

Whereas, the formation of the State of Jefferson out of twenty-three counties in Northern Clifornia(Placer, Butte, El Dorado, Shasta, Humboldt, Nevada, Sutter, Yuba, Lake, Tehama, Siskiyou, Amador, Lassen, Glenn, Del Norte, Colusa, Plumas, Trinity, Modoc, Sierra, Alpine, Amador, Tuolumne) would lead to endless problems between the two states, especially in regard to water rights, clarity regulations, and cost (State of Jefferson printed information suggests it would assess a water transfer fee), jeopardizing approximately 65% of California's developed water supply (water that is connected to state and federal water projects); and

Whereas, in the twenty counties targeted by the State of Jefferson which contain many gorgeous recreation and retirement locations valued by Californians, the proponents’ plans are to re-establish timber and mining as major industries within a “minimally regulated state,” thereby causing considerable damage to the desirable environment that now exists; and

Whereas, forming the new State of Jefferson, as proposed, is not economically viable and will likely never be approved by the California Legislature and the United States Congress, and that the financial risks and uncertainties outweigh the possible benefits of moving any further down the path to form a new State of Jefferson;

Therefore be it resolved, that the California Democratic Party opposes the formation of the State of Jefferson and will forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.

Sponsored by Sierra County Democratic Central Committee

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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