Except for the energy companies. There's quite a bit of potential energy locked up up underneath Wyoming. Why else do you think we don't hear much about the state? They don't want anyone else to know. It's quiet there and that's how they like it.
As PhoenixPoet pointed out, I think some people are missing the thread a bit. For this to work, the state has to be assimilated, i.e., lose its identity and be absorbed by the states around it. It doesn't get to leave and we don't get to kick it out. We just stop paying for it to have a separate identity. I hate to say it, but I think it needs to be a fly-over state in the middle of the country...who would miss it? Maybe we take a poll and if a majority of a state's own citizens can't find their state on a map, it gets assimilated. Although I'm a little afraid that might warrant losing a great many states.
No the state has to be assimilated by neighboring states! We, could, however, absorb Mexico AND Canada. There would be more people to tax, the illegals could go back to where they came from and STILL get benefits from being American AND let's face it--how many Canadian actors come here for work anyway? I wouldn't mind losing acting work to them--as much--if they were at least fellow countrymen!
Well, I hesitate to say this, because I don't like sounding as mean and rude as I really am, but if we got rid of South Carolina (where I have lived since 1984) the average IQ in the states would zoom up considerably.
Now, before I get hate mail, I'd just like to say that the people in South Carolina are just as smart as anyone else in any other part of the country. But the education system here sucks so much that the folk who hand out high school diplomas are guilty of fraud.
It would be Alaska, the welfare state. In 1996 they took in more federal money than any state, something like 31% above the national average. Today it's 71%. They pay $1 in highway taxes and get back $5.76 for every dollar they pay. It's like a pyramid scheme in that state. They get so much federal money that they aren't experiencing the job losses that we are in the lower 48. Since, we're almost completely supporting them already, might as well take over it.
I've thought long & hard... I think Wyoming! There are only a few thousand of you there anyway (minus the bison that you so cleverly use to 'beef' up census) As a parting gift, they could keep the 'W' - Widaho, Wutah, and my personal favorite... "WhyNEBRASKA????
[politically correct disclaimer: an obvious attempt at humor, I love Wyoming as much as any other 'badland' state... and your bison too: xoxox's...etc...]