Instead of six new states, create six new Provinces using the same plan as the proposed Six Californias. Drastically reduce the size and power of the State government by transferring most of the authority to the Provinces. There is a proposal to do this in New York State.
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Currently trust in the Legislature is very low and after 3 legislators were convicted of felonies and 3 others left the legislature to work for those that lobbied them, it is clear we need to demand far more of our elected officials than we have been. We need Legislators that are honest with the people of the state of California and ones that are not controlled by anyone other than the voters of the great state of California. ...more »
While preparing my income taxes I discovered that the depreciation schedules for real estate investments are different for federal and state tax returns. Why is this? I also looked at five past tax returns and discovered that my California income tax was around 30% of my federal obligation. We could greatly simplify the California tax code by having individuals (and maybe even corporations?) file out a one page California ...more »
When a local city agency wants to collect feedback from their citizens, they have a couple choices. They can use a completely open survey tool, which allows trolls from all over the world to generously participate. Or they can try to get citizens to verify their identity and location. A small city has few resources to implement this verification. And one citizen may not trust many separate government departments to ...more »
We cannot undo what happened with Flint Michigan's lead water crisis, but we can learn from it and build safeguards for a better future. We are trying to build a better America, and starting with the water quality in our education system is just the beginning. Our goal is to increase water quality awareness and promote positive changes to our water supply through cooperation from city governments and informed citizens. ...more »
Government departments have perverse incentives to excessively fine people and confiscate property via civil forfeiture. A constitutional amendment, requiring that any fines or fees be either given to the state treasury or returned to tax payers via tax refunds, would fix this problem. Without the ability to fund their departments via excessive fees, parking tickets, traffic tickets, civil forfeiture, and other seizures, ...more »
Return California to apart time legislature. Representives do not get a salery, pension, medical, other perks, just a stipend to cover costs for attending a legislative session once every 2 years.
Take away the profit and lifetime income and those representing us will be acting for the good of the State and the people.
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There is no reason for California to maintain a bicameral legislature. Since the Reynolds v. Sims ruling, state Upper and Lower houses in most US states have been effectively identical, and nowhere more so than in California, where the Senate is merely a half-sized copy of the Assembly with arbitrarily differing powers. It would be only sensible, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness, to consolidate ...more »
Reynolds v. Sims in 1964 made the huge mistake of prohibiting states from having federal-style bicameral congresses. How this could be unconstitutional when the federal government operates this way is a mystery. A true bicameral congress gives each sub-government (counties in the context of a state, states in the context of the US as a whole) an equal vote in the senate and a vote proportional to their population in ...more »
The (now defunct) "Six Californias" idea was very interesting. I wondered who drew the lines, why they were drawn there, and especially disturbing: who named the resulting states. I liked the idea otherwise, and feel a better first step is to find commonality amongst a region within California that has a distinct difference to rally behind. With 1-in-8 Americans calling California home (38 million people), no policy, ...more »