These US places want to become the 51st state

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Some cities and counties are looking for a clean break  from their designated state, that is. For years, some US officials have fought to create the 51st state, providing a variety of reasons why they should gain independence.

Officials have drafted petitions, campaigned from county to county and created lengthy proposals to explain why their area should be considered a state. Most believe it would be economically beneficial for their particular area, others argue it could make a difference in local elections.

Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution allows for new states to be admitted into the union, though no new state can be formed within an old state without the consent of the state legislature as well as Congress.

That’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

“Generally speaking, it’s very uncommon for a state to willingly vote to make itself smaller. (The last time that happened was in 1862 when West Virginia broke off from Virginia, and that involved some creative wartime interpretations of the Constitution.) And the US Congress seems no more likely to vote for such statehood,” the Pacific Standard Magazine explained in an online post in November 2013.

There haven’t been any new states formed by secession in modern US history. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t still going to try. Here’s a look at some state partition proposals in recent years.

‘New California’

Two men launched a campaign on Jan. 15 to create the 51st state of the union, dubbed “New California.” The movement proposes dividing rural California from the coastal cities, citing a list of 40 grievances against the state’s government.

Unlike the failed 2016 campaign to split California into six states, this movement, founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, seeks to consolidate rural California into its own economy.

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of its 58 counties have become ungovernable,” the movement declares on its website.

It states that a consensus must be reached by the state legislatures of California as well as Congress. The process, according to New California hopefuls, could take up to 18 months.

‘North Colorado’

Ten counties in Colorado started floating the idea of becoming their own state — “North Colorado” — in July 2013. And two more counties in Nebraska hoped to join them.

With a combined population of 350,000 people, North Colorado would have been the smallest state in the union if Congress agreed with lawmakers and declared the area an official state, according to the Pacific Standard Magazine.

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