The Detroit Free Press reports that the topic of the U.P. seceding from Michigan to form the 51st state was raised at the last Marquette County Board of Commissioners meeting:
“Don’t you think it would be kind of nice to start from scratch?” asked Marquette County Commissioner Mike Quayle, who first raised the issue with the commission. “It would be kind of interesting to see what kind of government we could form up here. Maybe we could be a showcase for the rest of the United States.”
This isn’t the first time there has been talk of the U.P. shedding itself of the trolls. (Trolls are creatures who live under the bridge, in this case, the Mackinac Bridge.) U.P. secession has come up periodically ever since Michigan lost what’s called the Toledo War in 1836, and ended up with the U.P. instead of Toledo. The Michigan Legislature defeated U.P. secession by a single vote in the 1970s.
…The bottom line, folks in the U.P. say, is that Lansing takes a whole lot more in tax dollars than the U.P. gets back. And in this peninsula with only about 3% of the state’s population but more than 30% of the land, that’s just not cutting it.
“I feel that they’re attempting to use the U.P. as a resource colony,” said Catherine Parker of Marquette, who said she sees an increased interest from lawmakers in cashing in on the U.P.’s mineral and timbering resources.
Click through to read more, check out a video from WZZM-13 on the topic, read about some ideas for the new state’s symbols & slogans and click for the Wikipedia entry on various proposals for the state of Superior.