Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax-free zones for businesses that locate near college campuses, saying New York’s ad campaign may be a sign of Cuomo’s potential bid to run for president.
“I know this might come as a surprise to some of you,” Shumlin said Monday in Burlington, according to the ABC affiliate. “But I am not running for president of the United States. I know you’re disappointed. As much as I love him, I think maybe our governor to the west is.”
Shumlin’s State of the State address focused on heroin and drug addiction in Vermont. Cuomo’s focused heavily on tax breaks.
“I’m not going to put up ads,” Shumlin, a fellow Democrat, said, “and spend tons of loot offering tax incentives that have cannibalized states.”
He said the tax incentives only kick the cost down the road.
“It’s when the governors are gone, and the next guy’s got to take the job, that you’re stuck with it,” Shumlin said.
Cuomo has taken out television ads in New York and other states touting Start-Up NY, the program that allows for tax-free zones for 10 years — particularly upstate.
The station said it reached out to Cuomo’s office for a response, and, “They decided not to comment.”