By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- As New York spends millions promoting on television airwaves Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to offer tax-free incentives to businesses that locate on or near colleges in New York, the governor of Vermont is poking at the idea as politically motivated that backloads the costs onto future generations.
The Vermont television news report about Gov. Peter Shumlin's criticism of the Cuomo plan mirrors the words of some conservative critics in New York who question a program that offers tax breaks to new companies but leaves out existing companies. The only difference: Shumlin is, like Cuomo, a Democrat and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
The question, according to the Burlington Free Press, has been put to Shumlin by a local town board member, who said Vermont had to compete with "a pretty tempting offer'' from its neighbor to the east.
"Let's not envy the things we can't afford,'' the paper quoted the Vermont governor as saying.
Cuomo's office had no comment today on the criticism.