The movement to create a Liberty State is not a new concept. However, it has recently been met with a resolve unlike anything we have seen in modern times. A government is supposed to best represent the culture, heritage, traditions, values, and beliefs of its citizens. Currently, 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 in Seattle 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. Separating from the politics of downtown Seattle is popular, practical, and principled. Visit our site often – learn more, stay up-to-date, and get involved!
LIBERTY, founded in truth!
Is it a popular idea?
According to 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 thousand particpants.
Is it constitutional?
Article 4, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States allows for the division of a state with a simple majority vote of the Legislature of the state and 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.”
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.