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SUNY Professor Blasts Cuomo Plan

mt pocketsLawrence S. Wittner, Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany, offers some harsh observations on the commercialization of American public universities in this article. Read what he has to say about SUNY in particular, and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY scheme, which will allow new businesses to operate for 10 years “completely tax-free – including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax,” provided they are somehow aligned with a SUNY school.

No assurances that the business will stay in New York State after the decade is up.

Needless to say, advocates are using tired phrases like “game changer” and “culture shift” to sell this most recent manifestation of corporate welfare.

Click here for a list of quotes from supporters like Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster, who gets special notice for the following little gem:

“Today’s bold initiative by Gov. Cuomo entices new business start-ups with the one-two punch of partnership with institutions of higher learning and tax-free operations for their first ten years of operation.”

Now that’s what they call “synergy.”



  • jamesholstun

    Dyster is such an idiot he couldn’t even come up with the “one-two punch” line himself: he or his staffers read it in Governor Andy’s state of the state book, and thought it was so exquisite they just had to mouth it for themselves: “Higher Education Centers as Job Generators. This year’s economic program will build upon the work of the Regional Economic Development Councils as well as the partnership with higher education, because New York’s one-two punch is jobs and education” (8-9).

    NYS: Dumb, Doomed, and Delirious.