(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California Republican Jeff Stone says it's time that the southern part of the state split from the rest of it because of ongoing fiscal, security and social problems.
Stone, a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, is serious about holding a conference with other Southern Californian leaders to discuss the idea of forming a 51st state.
Stone feels the rest of California is a burden to the mostly Republican region of the state because "our taxes are too high, our schools don't educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public."
Without saying exactly how secession will improve things, Stone made it clear that he wants Los Angeles County to remain with the rest of the state because it's too liberal for his taste.
Asked about Stone's proposal, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown responded, "It's a supremely ridiculous waste of everybody's time. If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws, then there's a place called Arizona."
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