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Old 07-24-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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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.
Never going to happen. Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont could care less about being powerhouse. Massachusetts has enough notoriety to go on, as does Connecticut and Rhode Island to a lesser extent.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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Nope. Just redraw the borders of some states.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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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.
Right on.


Texas - and Austin - are both doing just fine, thank you very kindly. We're the fifteenth largest economy in the WORLD. Our unemployment - yes, even with our illegal immigration issues - is much lower than the national average, at about 6 percent. Our cost of living is low. And we've got great food and a very dynamic and diverse culture!

Did everyone know that Texas is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION that was actually it's own independent nation, rather than a US territory, before becoming a state?

We got dis.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Right on.


Did everyone know that Texas is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION that was actually it's own independent nation, rather than a US territory, before becoming a state?
ever hear of Hawaii?
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Dissolve Mississippi into.....Louisiana?
And Alabama, and Tennessee. Give us the beaches and Natchez.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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If anything, states need to subdivide. It is like a 9 course meal. It is great when you have each flavour distinct. But put is all in one pot and you have a mess in which no one can agree. Much like the United States or the EU.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Did everyone know that Texas is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION that was actually it's own independent nation, rather than a US territory, before becoming a state?

We got dis.
I think Vermont and California would like to have a word with you.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: CT
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I think Vermont and California would like to have a word with you.
It's interesting to look at. Here is all the states that were never territories.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...erritories.svg

The ones were that were technically independent states first were each of the 13 colonies after the Declaration of Independence until they joined together, Texas, California, Hawaii and Vermont. Aside from the Kingdom of Hawaii which lasted almost 100 years, I think Vermont was the longest lived independent state.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Did everyone know that Texas is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION that was actually it's own independent nation, rather than a US territory, before becoming a state?

We got dis.
Hawaii and Vermont say hello.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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For historical reason, US has the 50 states it has done, but in reality, do they each have to be its own "state"?

For example, Rhode Island merging to Connecticut probably makes sense, since the state is near bankrupt and merging will save tax payers a lot of money. CT itself is small enough. Probably the whole thing can merge with MA.

Delaware to become a part of Maryland doesn't seem a bad idea either, does it?

Vermont and New Hampshire?
Virginia and West Virginia?

Have there been such proposals?
Time to redraw state boundaries or merge states to save money - DailyFinance

I doubt any two or more states would want to merge since each state gets 2 U.S. Senators in the U.S. Senate and this would decrease the representation of the states involved. It's more likely, as has been done, that one state would divide into two (ie. Virginia & West Virginia).
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