- Gerrymandering of districts – Four jurisdictions consisting of Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Prince Georges County, and Montgomery County have 76 of 141 state delegates and 25 of 47 state senators.
- Burdensome Taxation – Several dozen tax and fee increases over the past ten years. The most insidious was the rain tax.
- Restrictive Gun Ownership Control – Oppressive and restrictive gun control legislation that abridges our right of self-defense, requires a tax/fee to exercise that right, and onerous regulations which restrict or prohibit gun ownership.
- Plan Maryland – Local planning authority usurped by the State. Property rights and/or ownership violated or impacted.
Consequently, Annapolis no longer has the consent of the governed in the five western Maryland counties. We intend to exercise our right of self-determination and self-governance to better secure our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Article I of the Maryland Declaration of Rights says, “That all Government of right originates from the People, is founded in compact only, and instituted solely for the good of the whole; and they have, at all times, the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their Form of Government in such manner as they may deem expedient.”
Article VI of the Maryland Declaration of Rights says, “That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive powers of Government are the Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.”
Demonstrably, all governments are formed by the people. The people are the sovereigns. The people possess the political power.
Since the people, at all times, possess the right to create, alter, reform, or abolish their government – their political societies – the people of the five western counties possess the absolute right to leave their current political society (Maryland) and form a new political society – a new government – a new state – that governs in accordance with their views.
Moreover, four jurisdictions have the majority of House and State Senate seats. Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince Georges County, and Montgomery County constitute 25 of the 47 Senate seats (exclusive districts to only those jurisdictions). They have 76 of 141 State Delegate Seats. The other 20 jurisdictions are controlled by these 4 jurisdictions.
Today, representation in the House of Representatives is roughly 730,000 people for every 1 person. That is 24 four times greater than the original ratio. That is not representative government. If today’s ratio were used at the time the Constitution was ratified there would be just four representatives in the House. The Constitution would never have been ratified.
Likewise, consider a jury. In most states a jury consists of twelve people. Imagine if a jury was 24 times larger than it is today. That would mean a jury would have 288 people on it. Imagine how difficult it would be to unanimously convict someone of a crime with 288 people on a jury.
Likewise, representation that is too small is also problematic. A jury of one or two people is too small. Representation of one person, one family, or one street is too small. The most populous state has nearly 38 million people. The least populous state has 570,000 people. A new state consisting of the five western counties would have a population of 653,000 people.
Demonstrably, this is of a size and scale that has worked throughout our history.
In fact, the more states the more choices there are in terms of governance. It would be like the Baskin Robbins of states. More flavors of governance to choose from.
The crux of the problem is most issues are nationalized. That is, the issue is elevated to the national level through legislation in Congress or through the judicial system. Consequently, a one-size fits all policy for 310 million diverse people divides the people. When one party is in power half the country is unhappy, and when the other party returns to power the other half of the country is unhappy. The political divide is a natural result of nationalizing nearly everything.
More states offer more competition in the area of governance. Some people may choose to live in a state that is far “left” on the political spectrum, some people may choose to live in a state that is far to the “right” on the political spectrum, while others may choose a state somewhere between those two choices. It is the Baskin-Robbins of governance. There are hundreds of flavors to choose from. Contrast that with a one-size fits all national policy where there is only one flavor to choose at any given time.
Secondly, at a high-level the new state is envisioned to be business friendly and economically competitive. One way to ensure a competitive and business friendly environment is to eliminate the corporate income tax. That tax is simply a business expense which is passed through to the consumer. Businesses can evaluate whether they want to locate in the new state or a state like Maryland with an excessively high corporate income tax rate.
State revenues may come from various sources such as income taxes, sales taxes, etc. However, the vision is to reduce the size of the state government therefore less overall tax revenue is needed. A policy committee will be formed to evaluate and assess various tax revenue sources.
Thirdly, one objective is to give more local control to the counties. Counties would then determine their policies and determine locally what tax base is necessary to support those functions.