Split the State?

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Rep. Matt Shea is stumping for splitting Washington State into two states, separating Eastern Washington from Western Washington. http://www.dailysunnews.com/news/2018/may/02/51st-state-rallies-coming-zillah-benton-city-and-w/

I think this is a great idea.

States should, ideally, be about 1 million people. This is about the minimum number of people needed to form an autonomous unit. Anything less, and there’s not enough diversity to fill all the roles necessary to make a healthy society. Any more, and there’s too many people and it’s too easy to corrupt.

This would mean that there would be about 350 states in the United States for our roughly 350 million people.

Each state would have 2 senators in the federal government, making a senate with 700 members. If we went back to 1 representative per 30k, then we’d have roughly 12,000 representatives. Presidents would need about 6,350 electoral votes to get elected.

Now, some geographic areas are densely populated, and breaking them up into states would not be reasonable. But when you look at larger cities, and how they rightfully divide up their city into different governing districts, to better represent the people and handle issues locally, I don’t see a big problem with it. We’re already seeing cities blend together, often across state lines.

Imagine the freedom you’d have by having a state government represent you on a smaller scale. You’d have your own laws, your own tax code, your own regulations.

Here in Washington State, Eastern Washington is usually in disagreement with Western Washington on all sorts of issue. Eastern Washington doesn’t want to invest in an expensive commuter rail system. They don’t want higher taxes and more police. They don’t want stricter controls on how property can be developed.

Indeed, rural states should be free to develop as they see fit, while more urban states should adapt to their burgeoning population with more controls on how land can be used, with deeper investments in infrastructure projects.

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