Congress is unlikely, in the foreseeable future, to give the Northeast the two more US Senate seats a new state would require. Since we are splitting the State of New York into three (3) autonomous regions it should be easier to achieve and work better than two (2) states. Because by forming 3 Regions not a new state or moving counties between states; Congress can be legally bypassed. All that is needed is an amendment to the NY state Constitution. Also, this helps because each of the 3 regions financially because the state pension system remains at the token state level unchanged. The state token government is kept small by limiting its taxing power to a three (3) percent sales tax. All other taxing power is transferred to the regions. Local government and school districts would be freed from state level unfunded mandates which increase local property taxes placing undue burden on local residents and districts. The regional boundaries being placed where they are in the plan and paying income tax in the region where you reside address the financial concerns of the 2014 RIT and the 2015 Rockefeller College studies the questioned whether two separate states could support themselves but they drew the boundaries differently. The colleges’ studies also did not address unfunded mandates that keep taxes high and lacked a token state government in their plans; that the autonomous regions plan allows. About 15 years ago, before over-regulation destroyed most of the upstate economy. Upstate used to pay more of the state taxes than downstate; now downstate must send money upstate to support the region. Under the autonomous regions plan each of the three regions would be able to support themselves, and not need aid from any other region. During SFY 2018-2019, the NYS tax department collected $73.6 billion from state-imposed taxes and fees as follows:
See PDF for a list of personal income tax, amounts by County.
The chart above, labeled “ Comparative of Small Business Expenses”, illustrates some possibilities when the New Amsterdam and Montauk Regions are created. An option is to model regional governments and their policies based on the success of neighboring states like Pennsylvania or Vermont, in accordance with the values of people living in those regions.
Go to www.upstatenyta.org/ for more charts and information.