The Liberty State Movement is an effort to create a new state from Washington State based upon political and geographic lines. Since the formation of Washington State in 1889, people of the eastern and rural parts of Washington State have felt separate from the western capitol in Olympia. As our economies and beliefs grew in separate directions, the chasm has deepened and left Western Washington holding all of the political representation, with little regard or accountability to eastern residents. The current proposal to create Liberty State would draw the boundary down the Cascade Crest. Those counties to the west would remain Washington State, and those counties to the east would be a new state.
We believe all the citizens of Washington deserve a government that is more protective of individual rights and that better reflects their values, traditions, culture and heritage, and even more so at a state level than at a federal level. The U.S. Census views the Cascades to the Rockies, Eastern Washington and Oregon, North Idaho and Western Montana as a single economic unit. They know we are economically distinct from the west, and intricately connected. We are already two states on virtually every major issue of the day from water, guns, and wolves to taxes, regulations, and life. In fact, some on the west side say we are a bunch of “welfare freeloaders” siphoning off money from their social programs, and that us “hicks” are constantly an impediment to their more “enlightened” social policies. When both sides are unsatisfied with their representation, some things are just better apart.
Recently, the state legislature has shown a willingness to operate without regard for the powers given, or rights protected in, the Washington State or United States Constitution. The east side is predominantly rural and the west is predominantly urban, with vastly different cultures. There is nothing wrong with either. However, this population disparity has allowed the urban majority to determine nearly every vote. Thus, the rural side of the state is failing to be represented on every major issue in the last thirty years. On the other side, legislation dear to the urban majority has been hampered to the consternation of many in Seattle. Tax limitations have been passed, also hampering mass transit and raising the ire of many in the urban core. The Founders believed that the best representation was closest to the people. Indeed, with a new state, both east and west would be better represented.
We believe government that governs least, governs best. We believe that unshackling the entrepreneurial spirit will allow businesses to flourish in an environment with less burdensome regulation and taxation. We believe that it is time for a new state that can chart its own path apart from Westside bureaucracy
LIBERTY, founded in truth!
Is it a popular idea?
In an online survey by KXLY (news agency in Spokane), 73% of a group of over 8,000 participants approved of creating Liberty State. A second poll conducted later revealed 75% of over 1,600 participants were in favor of Liberty State. In spring of 2019, a Facebook poll conducted by KAPP-KVEW in Tri-Cities and Yakima demonstrated a 71% approval among over 12,000 participants. That’s over 21,000 people weighing in with over 70% support. If you know anything about public polling, those are amazingly high numbers.
The COVID-19 crisis and every new tax, regulation, and heavy-handed measure feeds that support. With the recent passage of the largest state budget ever in Washington History, voters are ready for a new state.
Is it constitutional?
Yes! We can choose to form a new state, as authorized in Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. This is done by a simple majority vote of the both houses of the state and of Congress:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
No approval by any governor or president is required. Since it is a Constitutionally-proscribed action, this movement is not secessionist, and does ensure we remain within the Union of the United States. Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia were all added to the Union via the Article IV process.
Does Liberty have the tax base needed to make it a self-sustaining state?
Currently, Eastern Washington has close to the same number of residents as the entire state of Idaho and produces a similar amount of tax revenue. That is if nothing changes. Liberty State will not have the same size and scope of government as Washington State. Thus, there is more than enough money. To drive this point home, if Liberty State found just 10% savings in the size and scope of government it could easily operate without any property or income taxes.
Progress of current bills to establish Liberty State
HB 1509 – Establishing the new state of Liberty.
HJM 4003 – Petitioning for the creation of a new state in eastern Washington.
Recent Facebook Poll
The most recent poll concerning the creation of Liberty State shows that 71% are in favor of separating from Washington.
This poll was kindly sponsored by KAPP-KVEW in Tri-Cities and Yakima. It is now closed. Thank you for sharing your opinion!
What if …
You were properly represented?
The east side of WA is culturally different than the west side of WA. The east side is predominantly rural, and the west is predominantly urban. There is nothing wrong with either being the way that they are naturally. However, the urban has the majority over the rural on nearly every vote and therefore, the rural side of the state is failing to be represented, as has been the case for the past 30 years. Majority vote cannot work across two vastly different cultures.
Good representation must come from those with similar skills and experience. Just like a Newspaper is not going to hire a truck driver to be their top journalist, we cannot “hire” an urbanite to make good decisions for rural living people. So neither west nor east are wrong for being what they are, naturally urban or naturally rural, they are just completely different in thir daily lives and needs.
Lower Tax Obligations
Government doesn’t produce or own wealth – citizens do. Legislation will be held to a high standard for achieving greater results with less strain on hard working residents.
We will give voters greater input, provide a balanced budget, and limit executive overreach.
Washington State burdens placed on industry, agriculture, and businesses of all sizes will be overturned. Homeowners will regain property rights. Right of conscience will be defended.
Greater Amount of Freedom
The right to manage and protect life and property will be honored at all levels of government.