Local leaders in Oregon are explaining why they want to break away from the state, which is run by Democrats, after 11 counties voted in favor of a preliminary vote to do so.
Matt McCaw, a spokesman for the Greater Idaho Movement, said on Monday that the people of Eastern Oregon “have felt like their state government hasn’t heard them, hasn’t paid attention to our problems, and hasn’t been working for Eastern Oregon.”
McCaw and Sandie Gilson, a businesswoman from Oregon, like the idea of letting some counties vote to change the state lines so that Idaho could have control over those areas at the state level.
McCaw said: “The west side of Oregon is very crowded, very urban, and very left-leaning. On the other hand, the east side of the state is very rural, very conservative, and a lot more like Idaho in terms of economy, culture, and politics.”
The Greater Idaho Movement has spent the last two years asking people in the area to support the plan. Many Oregon business owners, including Gilson, have spoken out about the state’s tax policy, pointing out how the corporate activity tax adds to costs.
Gilson added on Monday, “I hate it.” “This is especially true in Oregon’s rural areas, where it is making businesses leave. The number of pharmacies and other similar businesses that are closing has gone up.”
So, she said, “every dollar that comes into the business above $1,000,000 in gross sales is taxed before they pay their employees, before they pay for the cost of their products, or before they pay for anything else.” “It is a tax on the gross income of corporations, and it is killing the economy, especially in eastern Oregon.”
McCaw said that everyone would be better off if the tribe decided to leave the state.
The representative said that we try to match people with governments that they want and that believe the same things they do. “They want a more moderate government. I think they should have the kind of government they ask for.”
His next statement was that if Idaho were to gain control of these eleven counties, it would be a “financial success” for the state.
The author believes this would help break the political impasse and offer Oregonians on all sides the government they want.
On January 10, the Oregon legislature was officially told about the Greater Idaho Act.
Last week, Idaho state lawmakers reportedly made a formal resolution to talk about the plan. The resolution said that they wanted to “start official negotiations to see if it is possible to move the Idaho border into eastern Oregon.”
But if Idaho and Oregon could agree on a change to the border, it would need to be approved by the legislatures of both states and the U.S. Congress.
Under the plan, a new state would be made that would have the third-largest land area in the United States.
Last year, Brad Little, the Republican governor of Idaho, told The Seattle Times, “They’re looking at Idaho with love because of our strong economy, regulatory culture, and beliefs.” Before moving the boundary can even be thought about, more work needs to be done.