1. Oregon will continue to get worse on social and cultural issues and American freedoms because Republicans are outnumbered. Addicts will be attracted to Oregon from all over the world by the 2020 drug decriminalization law.
2. Idaho enforces the law against rioters, forest fire arsonists, and other criminals. Idaho protects citizens.
3. Idaho is the state with the 8th smallest tax burden, and Oregon ranks 33rd, according to https://taxfoundation.org/tax-freedom-day-2019 . Combining all taxes together, including sales tax, the average Idahoan pays $1722 less in taxes per year than the average Oregonian. That’s averaging together every adult or child, employed, retired or unemployed. And cost of living is 39% higher in Oregon than in Idaho. Oregon tax rates will continue to go up due to a lack of willingness to control spending.
4. Idaho allows forests to be managed to prevent destruction of housing from huge wildfires.
5. Idaho has less regulation than any other state, low unemployment, and would allow our rural industries to revive and employ us again, driving up wages and reducing welfare use.
1.Oregon decriminalized hard drugs in 2020, which will bring addicts closer to Idahoans and tempt Idahoans to make a quick drive to get drugs. Moving the border is the only way to push Oregon’s drug laws farther from the county in Idaho where you live. It would change the Boise-Oregon drive time from 51 minutes to over 5 hours.
2. We chose a group of counties that has a slightly higher average income than Idaho, so our counties will help the state budget. Under Idaho’s low taxes and low regulation, the rural economy will revive so that we become a big benefit to Idaho’s budget. Idaho can approve projects at the deep-water port at Coos Bay and tax those projects.
3. Idaho would no longer be dependent on Oregon for a deep-water port.
4. Idaho would have the satisfaction of freeing 1.2 million people from blue-state law.
5. Adding these counties would prevent Boise from drowning out the state’s vote in the future. This group of counties are rural counties that vote just as pro-Trump as Idaho votes (2 Trump votes per Hillary vote).
6. Adding Oregon counties to Idaho means Oregonians won’t have to move to your county. So it will alleviate future overcrowding in your town.
7. The state government would gain economies of scale, as the population would increase by 71% to 2.9 million, making it almost half the population of the average US state. The tax base would include more industries, so that it would be broader and more stable.
1. Currently, northwestern Oregonians subsidize eastern/southern Oregon counties by $324 per year per wage earner. Are you willing to keep paying that, just so that Oregon looks big on a map? Oregon’s state government is not funded by property taxes. The health of the state budget is determined by the average income per person, not the amount of territory. Corporate taxes are a very small part of state revenues. As far as the state budget is concerned, people and their incomes matter – not land area. The only thing Oregon has to lose is the satisfaction of seeing a large footprint when they look at a map.
2. Letting these counties go helps the Democratic Party keep its super-majority in their state legislature, and avoid gridlock when Republican legislators walk out to deny a quorum. Oregon would make progress, becoming more liberal than Washington state, although not as liberal as California. No Republicans would be added to the US Senate or US House by this change. The effect on the electoral college would only be one elector out of 538, or less than 0.2%.
3. Willamette Valley conservatives get the opportunity to move to a red state and still live within driving distance of their family in Willamette Valley.
4. Moving the border allows each side of the state to get the kind of governance that is desired by the majority of local residents, which will reduce the amount of civil strife that the future holds.