Billionaire Tim Draper, who's leading a push to break California into three states, is getting his shot to let voters decide on the issue.
According to Draper, the most populous USA state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system.
"Yes, it's an opportunity to reboot", Colbert said, echoing Draper's own words. A proposal to divide the state into three will be on the ballot in California in November.
The arguments for splitting up the state range from the usual smaller-is-better claims that California is too big and unwieldy to function efficiently, to the more qualitative arguments that the state's diversity ensures that significant communities are denied adequate representation and autonomy. Making this official would require ultimately require Congressional approval.
After campaigning began last August, the CAL 3 campaign had gathered 600,000 signatures supporting the split by April this year.
"We are not a one-size-fits-all state", Cal-3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande told The Washington Post.
"What is of greater importance to a state than its geographic boundaries?" Going into the 2016 elections, he was trying (unsuccessfully) to get a ballot initiative certified that would have aimed at creating six Californias.
The plan calls for three states to be created: Northern California, California and Southern California.
A new state, 'New California, ' would encompass the rural areas.
California's economy overtaken that of the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest, according to new federal data released last month. But Congress, riven by divisions that sparked the Civil War, never acted on the request.
Northern California- This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.
If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress.
"There are a lot of good ideas that come out of Silicon Valley and this isn't one of them", he said. But in 2012, he turned his attention to reinventing California. "Californians deserve a better future". The state government, he has said, is "rotting".
"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he told the Los Angeles Times past year. Congress admitted four US states that were split from an existing state: Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and lastly West Virginia in 1863 during the Civil War.
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But, as Colbert asked Draper in 2014, "Do all these problems go away when they're divvied up among" separate states? The measure aims to create states with relatively equal populations and economic strengths.