As Governor Rick Scott of Florida implores Yale University to move to the Sunshine State, at least one person is suggesting a more practical move — to Boston.
The New Haven Ivy League school has made headlines as Connecticut state legislators consider a bill that would tax Yale’s massive university endowment amid a state budget deficit.
In a tongue-in-cheek column printed in the Hartford Courant, writer Ira Stoll compared a hypothetical Yale relocation to recent moves by General Electric, which is abandoning Connecticut to station new headquarters in Boston.
“If Yale were to react by picking itself up and moving to somewhere more hospitable, it certainly wouldn’t be the first Nutmeg State employer to do so,” Stoll wrote.
Among the advantages cited: a shorter trip for the Harvard-Yale football game; live attendance of a popular Harvard computer science class; and the close vicinity of local, pro-league teams.
Stoll also pointed out that international students would have an easier time traveling via Logan Airport, and noted that even professors’ incomes would be taxed less in Massachusetts.
“Perhaps even a threat by Yale to move would force Connecticut to rethink its endowment tax plan,” Stoll wrote.
However, Boston faces some stiff competition from Florida: the governor there promised to greet the Ivy League with open arms and would not impose any taxes on them.
Yale, however, isn’t planning to take up anyone’s invitation any time soon.
‘‘It’s wonderful to be recognized as an outstanding asset, but Yale, New Haven, and Connecticut have been on common ground to great mutual benefit for 300 years,’’ Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said. ‘‘We’re looking forward to reaching even greater heights in education, research and civic engagement over the next three centuries and more.’’
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.