I dont blame them for trying to succeed from California. California is the most liberal state in the country. The tax rates are through the roof there in order to support there massive government handout program. Granted if they did succeed they would hae a very difficult time for a while trying to figure out there shit, but eventually I dont think it would be a bad thing. Phil Mickleson was on tv a while back saying how he gets taxed well over 50% by california on all his winnings.
"You put on your boots, click into your bindings, dust the snow off your skis, and head out for the chair, and it doesn't matter that you failed a test, didn't get the girl, or that your life is on a one way trip down the shitter, your world is right for the next couple of hours."
Its never going to happen. Northern Michigan has seriously tried to become its own state of "Superior" so many times in the past for example and never been able to move forward. There's even been ideas to combine with Wisconsin that never went anywhere. The borders are pretty set in stone.
Background: Grad student studying local and state government, in particular California.
Yes the state has higher than average income tax rates. We also have some of the lowest property tax rates in country that get locked into only very small increases each year. Furthermore, the investments in education and technology have helped the state to strive and grow. Areas such as Austin and Denver and North Carolina have growing tech start-up vibes but there's still a reason most everyone heads to California to get started.
Additionally, this is just a ploy by a small group of rural counties to get some attention. They largely benefit far more by being a part of California than they would without it.