GoNYMets2012 saidThis would result in the new "North Colorado" being far more wealthy than the "rest of Colorado" because of all the natural resources. A good move and I hope they can pull it off.
These are the poorest and least educated counties in Colorado and will remain so. They have so far failed to thrive with their natural resources, not because of what happens in Denver but because they don't have good leadership. Colorado should be a red state, or at least purple, but because the GOP selects right wing nut jobs, the state has gone blue. What not one person who supports the new state will provide is the cost to set up a new state government. With the exception of some small state funding for items like historic Colorado, every government function will have to be duplicated. From computer systems, to buildings, to employees, to program specialists, to interstate compacts, the cost will be huge.
Also, it is not that the counties will vote to leave Colorado, it is that it will be on the ballot but in Morgan County, they could not even get 900 signatures to get it on the ballot.
As for natural resources, the only one they have is oil. The future of dry farming on the plains is iffy at best. The key natural resource is water, and in that, they are surely lacking.