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Jefferson Movement Enters Next Phase for Statehood (51st State)

August 7, 2016

On July 23, approximately 600 people, representing a little over one-third of Northern California (21 counties), gathered in Yuba County for the First State of Jefferson Formation Assembly to begin the next phase in the Jefferson Movement’s quest for representation and statehood.

Since January 6th, thousands upon thousands of phone calls, emails, faxes and letters have gone out to State senators and assembly members, with requests to author and/or support legislation for the return of the fair representation that existed in the state prior to 1964. All requests have gone ignored, except for a few responses or acknowledgement that these calls or letters from their constituents were received.

Frustration also continues for many rural residents who feel their Senator or Assemblyman has ignored or been absent in response to critical issues that are occurring in the counties they were elected to represent. The effort by the Jefferson Movement, here in California, echoes the tone that is being vocalized across our nation during this Presidential election year.

This was widely expressed at the recent Formation Assembly, leading to the formation of numerous committees, to include the drafting of a Declaration, State Constitution, legislation and creating the model for the governance of the 51st State.

All continue to agree, that the new State can be managed and operated with approximately 50 State agencies and departments, compared to the 570 that currently exist in the California State government. Proposals include, the election of one State senator to represent each county. At the present time, 11 counties in the Northern region, have one (1) senator, while Los Angeles County has 15 senators for one (1) county.

Other proposals for the new State, include a part time legislature, each of whom will be limited to submit one bill a year. In the last couple of years, the California state legislature has passed 800 to 900 laws each year, leading to more taxes, regulations and a larger government that imposes more costly, State mandates to county governments. Jeffersonians believe that decisions on expenditures of local tax dollars should not be made at the State level, they should be made under the leadership of local government.

This is why recognition and support continues to grow for the State of Jefferson. Those attending the First Formation Assembly reiterated their dedication & commitment that affirms the progress they have achieved over the last couple of years, all thanks to the residents of the 21 counties.  On July 23, all agreed that the emails, letters and phone calls will continue and the process for statehood will be expedited, using all means allowed under the U.S. Constitution.

The second Formation Assembly will be held in October. In the meantime, Town Halls and other events will continue throughout the 21 Northern rural counties. More information is available on the Jefferson website SOJ51.net.

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Submitted by Terry Gherardi

530-677-4294

For the State of Jefferson

1st Jefferson Formation Assembly event 7/23/16

Come to Live Oak Ca and be a part of this historical event. Join us for a few hours to share your thoughts on making the State of Jefferson.

WHEN
Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

WHERE
Church of Glad Tidings – 1179 Eager Road, Live Oak, CA 95953

PREREGISTER NOW

Or, you can cut ant paste to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-jefferson-formation-assembly-tickets-26087117270

Posted on soj51.net for more information.

Let’s celebrate Jefferson birthday Wednesday April 13 by doing simultaneous Rallys, flag waving a…

Let’s celebrate Jefferson birthday Wednesday April 13

by doing simultaneous Rallys, flag waving and sign shaking!

Pick a busy corner or overpass, bring your Jefferson flags,

American flags and Gadsen flags and have some fun!

Are you “UP” for it? 

Tehama county and Shasta county are on board! 

We are doing it from 4:30-6pm-drive time.

Rally Sally

State Controller Yee Updates Unfunded Retiree Health Care Liability–$74.1 Billion

April 6, 2016

California Political Review

Comment by Stephen Frank:

Finally some exposure of the economic crisis facing California.  The State Treasurer has already announced the State has a debt of $1.5 trillion.  A recent Stanford study showed that the unfunded liabilities of the pensions and health care systems run by the State is $1.2 trillion.  Now we find that the health care system has a liability of $74.1 billion—and growing.

“The total liability grew $2.38 billion compared to the prior fiscal year, but the size of the increase was $1.50 billion less than estimated in last year’s report. Health care claims did not grow as rapidly as expected, and changes in health care delivery and assumptions about long-term trends helped to lower costs by $1.76 billion. Conversely, demographic shifts added more than a quarter billion dollars to the liability.”

We need to watch this carefully.  Importantly, we need to reform the system.  California can not wait much longer.  The whole system will collapse—as it has in Detroit, Illinois, Chicago and other places.  Thought you should know the size of the health care problem, the media is not discussing.

State Controller Yee Updates Unfunded Retiree Health Care Liability

State Controller Betty Yee, 1/26/2016

SACRAMENTO—The state’s cost for retiree health and dental benefits has grown to $74.10 billion, according to a report published today by State Controller Betty T. Yee. The so-called “unfunded liability” is a closely watched figure that represents the present-day cost to provide retiree health and dental benefits earned as of June 30, 2015 – one of the state’s largest long-term debts.

The state traditionally paid these costs as they came due rather than setting aside and investing money beforehand. However, Governor Jerry Brown, in contract negotiations with public employee unions, is moving towards an approach more like that used for public employee pensions, in which the costs are paid upfront using employee and state contributions and investment earnings.

The total liability grew $2.38 billion compared to the prior fiscal year, but the size of the increase was $1.50 billion less than estimated in last year’s report. Health care claims did not grow as rapidly as expected, and changes in health care delivery and assumptions about long-term trends helped to lower costs by $1.76 billion. Conversely, demographic shifts added more than a quarter billion dollars to the liability.

These costs have increased dramatically over the past 15 years. In 2001, retiree health care costs accounted for 0.6 percent of the state General Fund budget. This year, they will total $1.90 billion, or about 1.6 percent of the budget. If no changes are made to the state’s method of funding retiree health care costs, the current $74.10 billion unfunded liability will grow to more than $100 billion by the 2020-21 fiscal year, and $300 billion by 2047-48.

“California has a duty to ensure it can meet obligations to workers who earned these retirement benefits,” said Controller Yee, the state’s chief fiscal officer and a board member of CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension systems. “We need to assure through collective bargaining that we set aside money to meet this obligation and keep the state on sound fiscal footing.”

Under standards created by the federal Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), state and local governments have been reporting the costs of retiree health care and Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) in notes to their financial statements. Starting in the 2017-18 fiscal year, a new GASB standard calls on state and local governments to incorporate OPEB costs in their financial statements. Many, like California, are expected to report substantial unfunded liabilities for retiree health care.

State pensions are prefunded with contributions from employees and the state, allowing investment returns to significantly reduce liabilities. By contrast, California pays for retiree health benefits on a pay-as-you-go basis, covering costs as they come due. Today’s OPEB report provides estimates of California’s obligation for retiree health and dental benefits based on two different funding scenarios:

  • The current pay-as-you-go policy results in an unfunded liability of $74.10 billion. The shortcomings of this method are apparent in the numbers. While the current fiscal year’s budget sets aside $1.9 billion to cover just actual costs, a true accounting of existing and future costs would have required more than $5 billion.

  • If the state shifted to fully prefunding future benefits, the unfunded liability for the current fiscal year would have been cut by 35 percent to $48.41 billion. To take advantage of the hefty reduction in liability from full prefunding, the state would have needed to contribute $3.99 billion in 2015-16, or $2.09 billion more than it budgeted.

Recognizing that a move to prefunding likely will need to be gradual, Controller Yee noted that even incremental steps would meaningfully reduce the state’s liability. For example, prefunding just 10 percent of the annual service cost, in excess of pay-as-you-go expenses, would increase current annual costs by $250 million but reduce the total unfunded liability over time by $3.29 billion. Prefunding 50 percent would cost $970 million more each year but ultimately result in savings of $13.17 billion in the unfunded liability.

Governor Brown has proposed prefunding the entire liability by the 2044-45 fiscal year, saving the state more than $240 billion in unfunded liability.

MORE at

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews/state-controller-yee-updates-unfunded-retiree-health-care-liability-74-1-billion/

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Shasta County: Town Hall 4-2-16

Citizens in 21 Counties have signed Declarations to Separate from California.
 What happens next?  Find out this Saturday!

How YOU Can Make It Happen!

Bring a friend! PLEASE SHARE!

Shasta Co. Town Hall

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Senior Citizens Hall

2290 Benton Drive

Redding, CA

Doors open at 3 p.m.

Meeting at 4 p.m.

Speaker:  Mark Baird

Time for the State of Jefferson?

Facing up to the state’s debt burden

The state of California has run up $6,400 on your credit card. And the same amount for your spouse and each of your children. A family of four owes more than $25,000.

ocregister.com

How is California working out for you?

“Use your common sense move to Texas, Tennessee or any other free State (a free State is one with low taxes and does not force workers to pay bribes to unions). Do you want freedom or good weather? Your choice.”
YOU CAN HAVE BOTH! Move to Jefferson!

Rider: Unaffordable California – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way – California Political Review

Great website for more info, below:

www.capoliticalreview.com

PROPERTY TAX:  California in 2015 ranked 14th highest in per capita property taxes

PERSONAL INCOME TAX: Prior to Prop 30 passing in Nov. 2012, CA already had the 3rd worst state income tax rate in the nation.

SALES TAX:  CA has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation.  7.5% (does not include local sales taxes)

GAS TAX:  CA has the nation’s 5th highest “gas pump” tax at 59.0 cents/gallon (January, 2016).

PROPERTY TAX:  California in 2015 ranked 14th highest in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only major tax where we are not in the worst ten states.

“IMPACT FEES” ON HOME SALES:  Average 2012 CA impact fee for single-family residence was $31,100, 90% higher than next worst state.

“CAP AND TRADE” TAX:  CA has now instituted the highest “cap and trade” tax in the nation – indeed, the ONLY such U.S. tax.

SMALL BUSINESS TAX:  California has a nasty anti-small business $800 minimum corporate income tax,

CORPORATE INCOME TAX:  CA 2016 corporate income tax rate (8.84%) is the highest west of Iowa (our economic competitors) except for Alaska.

BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE:  California’s 2015 “business tax climate” ranks 3rd worst in the nation – behind New York and anchor-clanker New Jersey.

LEGAL ENVIRONMENT:  The American Tort Reform Foundation in 2015 again ranks CA the “worst state judicial hellhole” in U.S. – the most anti-business.

FINES AND FEES:  CA driving tickets are incredibly high. Red-light camera ticket $490. Next highest state is $250. Most are around $100.

OVERALL TAXES:  Tax Foundation study ranks CA as the 4th worst taxed state.

UNEMPLOYMENT:  CA is tied for the 8th worst state unemployment rate (December, 2015) – 5.9%. National unemployment rate 4.9%.

EDUCATION:  CA public school teachers the 3rd highest paid in the nation.  CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading.

WELFARE AND POVERTY:  
California’s real poverty rate (the new census bureau standard adjusted for COL) is easily the worst in the nation at 23.4%.

GOVERNMENT INSOLVENCY:
California has the 2nd lowest bond rating of any state

TRANSPORTATION COSTS:  CA has 2nd highest annual cost for owning a car

OUT-MIGRATION:  California is now ranked as the worst state to retire in.

Rally Sally
The Time Has Come For 51!

Siskiyou County: Mark Baird to speak at Scott Valley Protect Our Water 3-24-16

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Fort Jones Community Center in Fort Jones, CA. Time is 7 p.m.

Mark Baird will give an update on the status of the State of Jefferson. Siskiyou County Supervisors were the first to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is the featured speaker and will discuss the active and fierce roll he is playing to save the 4 Klamath hydro-electric dams in the Klamath River that Greenie groups, Tribes, CA. Dept. of Fish and Game and federal agencies like the Dept of Interior are clamoring to destroy.

Siskiyou County and a majority of its residents do not want the dams out. It will destroy water quality, the runs of chinook and Endangered Species Act listed coho salmon and dump thousands of tons of toxic sediment in the Klamath River creating an environmental catastrophe.

Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of District 5, Ray Haupt, is also slated to speak. He has been working closely with Congressman LaMalfa on forestry issues and developing projects for the HEALTHY management of trees and greatly reduce the threat of wildfires.

The public is welcome and it is free!

 

 

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