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Old 07-24-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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The New England States should be all merged into one. Instead of being six minuscule states, they’d all be one power house state.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Northwest Hills, CT
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Thats the first one I thought of. Can dissolve Mississippi too.

Dissolve Mississippi into.....Louisiana?
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Burnsville, Minnesota
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Let's merge all states together and...uh...
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Let's merge all states together and...uh...
I see what you did there....
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Default A modest proposal

Smaller states are more nimble and are often more responsive to the needs of their citizens. Rather than combine the smaller states, it makes much greater sense to split the large ones. Take Texas for example. How can a government in Austin truly respond to the needs of people from places as diverse as the Panhandle, Rio Grande Valley, High Plains, Hill County, Piney Woods, and a couple of sprawling sunbelt cities?
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Illinois would be Iowa without Chicagoland. Only a lot poorer than Iowa.
No way. Without the Illinois portions of Chicagoland, the state would still have ~ 4.1 million people and at least 4 Fortune 500 companies, all of which are in the top 100 of the Fortune 500; compare that to ~ 3.0 million people in Iowa and only 2 Fortune 500 companies, neither of which are in the top 100. Illinois would also still have basically all of its agricultural land. Further, a lot of the state's debt is tied to the Chicago area...
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Smaller states are more nimble and are often more responsive to the needs of their citizens. Rather than combine the smaller states, it makes much greater sense to split the large ones. Take Texas for example. How can a government in Austin truly respond to the needs of people from places as diverse as the Panhandle, Rio Grande Valley, High Plains, Hill County, Piney Woods, and a couple of sprawling sunbelt cities?
Well, look at Rhode Island, the smallest state by land mass. They're just about broke. I doubt Providence is anywhere near as responsive to the citizens there as Austin is to the citizens of Texas.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Well, look at Rhode Island, the smallest state by land mass. They're just about broke. I doubt Providence is anywhere near as responsive to the citizens there as Austin is to the citizens of Texas.
Actually, you're wrong. Even during these dire economic times, RI offers much better social services to its citizens than Texas:

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps...ate=RI&level=0
http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps...ate=TX&level=0

Further, Texas is scrapping the bottom in terms of spending in services per capita while RI is near the top: http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comp...p?ind=32&cat=1

More:
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-he...alth-spending/
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-ed...hool-diplomas/

As for the economy, every area has its good and bad eras. Remember the 80s when Texas was broke? Every dog has his day: No one is on top forever nor is anyone on the bottom forever.

I'll stick by my modest proposal. Economies change. Geography doesn't.

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:35 PM
 
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It might work better to split and recombine some states for political and cultural reasons.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I can see merging the North/South States (Dakota, Carolina) into one state each in order to save time at the post office when a letter comes through addressed to one or the other and the mailman doesn't have to pause and think about which one this goes to. I would guess that would save hundreds of dollars each year. If that works they could then do the same with West and East Virginia the following year.
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