Steven Greenhut's article is right on! Give it a read!
"Some readers may scoff at this seemingly pie-in-the-sky notion, but state boundaries have long been fluid and even illogical. People also thought Brexit was an impossible idea. But state boundaries aren’t sacrosanct. Maybe it’s time to reduce political division by adjusting the political lines."
Robert-are you reading the same US Constitution as I am? Article 4 Section 3 describes how a new state can be formed out of an existing state. It's been done 4 times in our history.