Counties can become a part of Idaho. State lines have been relocated many times in American history because it just takes an interstate compact between two state legislatures and approval of Congress.
If the United States were governed as a single state, we wouldn’t have the opportunity for state governance to vary according to the culture of a local area. The purpose of having state lines is to allow this variance. The Oregon/Idaho line was established 163 years ago and is now outdated. It makes no sense in its current location because it doesn’t match the location of the cultural divide in Oregon. The Oregon/Washington line was updated in 1958. It’s time to move other state lines.
This proposal is different from creating a new state because it does not affect the balance of power in the US Senate. This means that it’s more likely to be approved by the Oregon Legislature.
Our proposal is a win-win for the interests of each state legislature, and for the counties that get to switch states. Click the questions below to see why:
1. American Values: Oregon will continue to violate more and more American values and American freedoms because northwestern Oregon has 79% of Oregon’s population and voters. Fortunately, Boise has only 13% of Idaho’s population.
2. Law and Order: Oregon refuses to protect citizens from criminals, rioters, wildfire arsonists, illegals, and the homeless, but then infringes on your right to defend your family with firearms. Idaho enforces the law.
3. Low Tax: 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 paid $1722 less in taxes in 2019 than the average Oregonian. That’s averaging together every adult or child, employed, retired or unemployed. Oregon tax rates continue to go up due to a lack of willingness to control spending.
4. Safety: Idaho allows forests to be managed to prevent destruction of housing from huge wildfires.
5. Thriving Economy: Idaho has less regulation than any other state, leading to low unemployment and a much lower cost of living. Idaho’s approach to regulation and taxation would allow our rural industries to revive and employ us again.
6. Representation: The ruling party in the Oregon Legislature only has two representatives from a rural district or from eastern or southern Oregon. But our reps would be in the ruling party in Idaho, where our concerns and needs would be heard.
1. Idaho would have the satisfaction of freeing more than 380,000 rural Oregonians from stifling blue-state law, and potentially more if the project spreads to other nearby areas.
2. MAINTAINS RURAL VALUES IN THE IDAHO LEGISLATURE: Like the majority of Idaho residents, the people of these rural Oregon counties value faith, family, and self-reliance. In the last eight years, eastern Oregon has voted against hard drugs, and against marijuana legalization. These counties voted 75% Republican in the 2022 US House races – Idaho voted 67% Republican.
3. HELPS STATE BUDGET: The residents of eastern Oregon currently have the same average income as those in Idaho. Under Idaho’s lower taxes and regulation, the economy of these eastern Oregon counties will surge, providing a big benefit to Idaho’s state budget. The benefit to Idaho’s budget of adding southern and eastern Oregon would be $170 million annually, according to a Claremont Institute study.
4. ROOM TO GROW: Currently, many people are moving to Idaho to gain political refuge from blue states. Adding a large part of Oregon to Idaho will take pressure off Idaho’s housing market by giving new people more locations to choose from. It will reduce the growth in traffic and reduce the loss of Idaho farmland to suburban housing by dispersing the influx of people.
5. PUSHES OREGON LAW FARTHER AWAY from Idaho’s population centers: In 2020 Oregon decriminalized hard drugs, making hard drugs easily available to residents of Treasure Valley. Moving the Oregon/Idaho state line further away from Idaho population centers will reduce the ease of access and convenience of these dangerous products to those who might be tempted by them.
1. SAVE MONEY: The average person in northwestern Oregon spends $460 in taxes to subsidize southern and eastern Oregon every year, according to an economic analysis funded by the Claremont Institute. For a family of four, it’s four times that. Are you willing to keep paying that, just so that Oregon looks big on a map?
As long as Oregon relies on income taxes, the state is going to be subsidized by high-income areas like Portland. Oregon’s state government is not funded by property taxes. As far as the state budget is concerned, people and their incomes matter – not land area.
2. END THE GRIDLOCK in the Legislature: Without these counties, Republicans in the Oregon Legislature would no longer have the numbers to deny quorum by walking out or slow the legislature by forcing bills to be read in full. Democrats would keep the supermajority needed to pass financial laws. Oregon would make progress, becoming more liberal than Washington state, although not as liberal as New York or 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 half an elector out of 538, or less than 0.1%.
3. Conservatives of western Oregon get the opportunity to move to a red state and still live within driving distance of their family in western Oregon.
4. SELF-DETERMINATION: Moving the border allows each side of the state to get the kind of governance that is desired by the majority of its own residents. Oregon would no longer hold eastern Oregon captive against its will, and eastern Oregon votes would no longer affect Oregon elections.
5. NOT A LOSS: The state government owns extremely little land in these counties. It’s almost all federal or private land. The state government’s assets and liabilities would be divided fairly on a per-capita basis.