Sure it sounds silly, but it's a time-honored tradition in American life. if you don't like how your state is spending your tax dollars, you can try to form a new low-tax state. The U.S. Constitution specifically allows for this--and people have been attempting it since the very beginning. Today I'd like to honor the first of these new-state tax-havens: Franklin. Back in 1785, Franklin had traction, more than half of the existing states voted in favor of admitting it to the Union. The Franklin constitution included a "no taxes for two years" provision. A popular idea.... then again, new enterprises do need a bit of startup money.