Damn Yoopers at it again. Are there even enough people living in the UP to apply for statehood?
I still think there would be a better chance of Puerto Rico becomeing the 51st state than a break off from Michigan...
One thing to keep in mind with Puerto Rico, they enjoy almost all of the benefits of statehood right now plus they don't pay taxes. I'm not sure if they'd be willing to give that up.
I actually looked into the whole population requirement. According to the Northwest Ordinance it is only 60,000. It would be interesting if the UP broke off from us but I'm not sure if part of a state has ever broken into multiple states since the formation of the United States.