I had this idea yesterday that Arizona should secede from the US effective immediately. (This also works for all states, but AZ is well positioned.)
I realize this is a staggering idea to some, but please think for a moment.
Pros: every person would receive an instant 35-45% pay raise. (income taxes, social security/medicare including the employer paid portion).
Cons: we wouldn't receive highway funding
All that would be required is convincing 90 legislators to do a temporary seccession for 1 year. Within days, people would see the dramatic increase in their paychecks and the legislators would be lauded as heroes; guaranteeing their re-election.
Now, this does leave out the service industry and those who work for tips. Since business owners would be receiving at least that amount as a pay raise too (not paying income taxes, etc.), this would instantly free up capital to allow for generous pay raises for employees who rely on tips. I also recommend posting signs prominently saying something like, "We care about our employees and pay them well. Please do not tip." Signed, the managers name. Brings a whole new meaning to complimenting the employees and taking suggestions.