Could a 51st state come from Colorado?


Could a 51st state come from Colorado?

If 11 counties vote to secede, there may benefits

Could a 51st state come from Colorado?

The legal sojourn to secession

To successfully create a new state of North Colorado, the 10 counties involved in the 51st State Initiative would need the consent of both the Colorado legislature and the U.S. Congress.
State approval of North Colorado could be achieved three ways: Passed by a citizens’ initiative, similar to the referendum that legalized recreational marijuana, or by a referred ballot measure from the legislature, or by the ordinary passage of a state bill, said Richard Collins, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Assuming the 51st State Initiative was successful in receiving Colorado’s approval, it then would have to be presented as legislation and approved by both houses of Congress.
Adrian Garcia for I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

How the analysis was done

The I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS financial analysis of the 51st state looked at major annual revenues streams out of the 11 counties and compared them to the major state expenditures in the 11 counties.
For revenue, the analysis looked at sales tax collections, individual state income tax, and the state’s share of vehicle registration fees. Taken together, that’s 76 percent of all revenue the state took in from the counties last year, according to state records. I-News then calculated an estimate of the total revenue based on the three sources.
For expenditures from the general fund, I-News looked at state funding in the counties of K-12 education, higher education funding for the one 4-year college and three community colleges located in the 11 counties, the state’s share of Medicaid funding, prison expenditures based on the number of inmates sentenced from the counties and state spending for courts. Those costs amounted to about 84 percent of general fund expenditures in the counties, according to state records. I-News then calculated an estimate of the total spending based on those five sources.
The result was that the state spent about $60 million to $120 million more from the general fund in the counties than it collected in taxes and fees.
The analysis has caveats that include the cost of work on state roads vs. proceeds from gasoline taxes, the impact of dividing up prisoners between two states and how to calculate how many students from each of the states goes to the various colleges. The figures are for all 11 counties voting on secession next month and are not broken out by individual county.
Burt Hubbard, I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS

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