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Re: “When in the Course of Human Events: Is Pima County Ready to Secede?

The recent effort to make Pima County a new 51st state of the US is riding on the coattails of my Tucson Weekly political platform from 2007/2008. I hope Tucson seizes this opportunity to continue its leadership in US political circles. As you may recall, I proposed that the USA should be subdivided to let Democrat and Republican economies coexist peacefully.

summary of Pima County's 23 major employers for 2007/2008

13 Government employers
6 Healthcare group employers
1 Wal-Mart retailing employer
1 Fry's grocery store employer
1 Asarco mining employer
1 Citi banking employer

summary of revenues............ Pima........ vs........ Arizona
wholesale trade revenues..... $2.8 billion........... $61.0 billion ( 4.6% is in Pima)
Federal spending................. $12.3 billion.......... $54.3 billion (22.7% is in Pima)
population ............................. 1.0 million .............6.6 million ( 15% is in Pima)

The above data shows that Pima County gets 4.4 times as much revenue from the Federal Government as it does from private wholesalers; whereas Arizona overall gets only 0.9 times as much revenue that way.

Washington DC is similar to Pima County in its dependence on Federal spending, according to US census data. DC gets 15 times as much revenue from the Federal government as it does from private wholesalers; whereas the USA as a whole gets only 0.6 times as much revenue that way. reference:…

If Pima County data is deleted from the Arizona data -- then the rest of Arizona receives 0.7 times as much revenue from the Federal Government as it does from private wholesalers.

Consequently, the rest of Arizona (excluding Pima County) is nearly as industrious as the USA as a whole.
But the economic basis of Pima County resembles Washington DC.

As a matter of fact, none of the current 50 states are as economically dependent on Federal spending as Pima County.

No current state of the US gets more than 2.7 times as much revenue from Federal spending as it does from wholesale trade revenues. reference:…

Therefore Pima County will need to increase its private sector business activity by 75% to avoid being the state which is most dependent on Federal spending, based on this particular ratio. And if we can increase our private sector wholesale business production by 500%, then Pima County would become comparable to the overall US average for this ratio.

TREO is the program which aims to stimulate this type of private sector business activity in Pima County. If we want TO BE A STATE, then Pima County should begin to act like a normal state of the USA. We need to be shipping products out of Pima County on a scale large enough to pay for what we consume.

Posted by CharlesS on 02/25/2011 at 4:57 PM

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