Move Oregon's border for a GREATER IDAHO

Join the movement to relocate the Oregon/Idaho border to make both states better.

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  The Oregon/Idaho border was established 163 years ago and is now outdated.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 border was updated in 1958. It’s time to move other borders.

Areas that vote like Idaho does, and are economically healthy enough to be welcomed by Idaho are: eastern, southern, and most of central Oregon, southeastern Washington, and northeastern California.

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 sense of purpose and the satisfaction of freeing more than 380,000 rural Oregonians from immoral blue-state law, and maybe more if phase 2 of the project happens.
  2. STOPS IDAHO FROM BECOMING MORE LIBERAL! We chose a group of counties that voted 75% Republican in the 2022 US House races – Idaho voted 67% Republican. Adding rural counties would prevent Boise from ever drowning out the rest of the state’s vote. In the last eight years, the area has voted against hard drugs, and 61% against marijuana legalization.
  3. HELPS STATE BUDGET: We chose a group of counties that has the same average income as Idaho. Under Idaho’s low taxes and low regulation, those counties’ economy will surge so that they become a big benefit to Idaho’s budget.
  4. The POWER SOURCE for half a million Idahoans would no longer be at the mercy of Oregon government’s environmental decisions.  Half a million Idahoans get their electricity from Hells Canyon dam complex on the Oregon/Idaho border.  The renewal of the complex’s long-term license has been held up since 2005 because of demands from the state of Oregon. Oregon would no longer have a say over water issues in any part of the Snake River watershed.
  5. ROOM TO GROW: Currently, people move into Idaho to gain political refuge from blue states. Adding Oregon counties to Idaho will take some pressure off Idaho’s housing market by giving them more counties to choose from. It will reduce the growth in traffic and reduce the loss of Idaho farmland to suburban housing by slowing the influx of people to your county.
  6. PUSHES OREGON LAW FARTHER AWAY: 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 and abortion law farther from the county in Idaho where you live. It would change the Boise-Oregon drive time from 51 minutes to over 5 hours.

1. SAVE MONEY: In 2019, the average northwestern Oregonian wage earner subsidized eastern & southern Oregon counties by $382 per year, judging from income tax rates, plus $187 per year for state highways. 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. 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 does not collect property taxes, so it has little to lose from the border relocation.  The state government’s assets and liabilities would be divided fairly on a per-capita basis.

We need your help to move the border!