"We have the water, forests, timber, we have the minerals. We have unspoiled agricultural land," said Funk, the secession proponent. "We would be the wealthy state if we were allowed to go back and use our natural resources ourselves."
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If anything, he said, the prison would become a source of income because only 3 percent of its inmates are locals, meaning the new state could rent out cell space to California.
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