Does Ivy Grow in Florida?
Imagine America’s unidentified future leaders in Skull and Bones sweating in Florida’s stifling humidity before entering their ultra-secretive, windowless tomb to plan their world domination.
No, there’s just something about a secret society in Connecticut that fits better than a secret society in Florida.
Riding a jet ski connected to a trailer through a drive-thru? Sure.
Driving 15 miles under the speed limit? Yes.
Finding a crocodile in a swimming pool? Well, this could be Florida or Skull and Bones.
Regardless, Yale spokesman Tom Conroy responded to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s playful invitation to move its prestigious university from Connecticut to the Sunshine State. Mr. Conroy expressed appreciation for the offer, but declined with a reference to the school’s three centuries of history as a reason to continue its legacy in the northeast.
While Yale was never going to relocate to Florida, reacting in a polite and humble manner is not the typical response people have when hearing about the elite institution Yale University. Give the Ivy League school credit for that.
The reason for Governor Scott making such a random and unusual request was driven by Florida’s favorable tax structure. While Yale trading New Haven’s famous pizza for NASCAR reads like an absurd joke, money talks and a move of a smaller university from a high-tax state to a state with attractive tax incentives could become a reality in the not-so-distant future.
Consider how many movies you’ve watched recently that have been filmed in Georgia and/or Ohio. That’s the power of a motion picture tax incentive. If state leaders continue to increase spending and raise taxes, Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” economic actuality will influence larger and larger industries and entities to consider options across state lines and around the world to reevaluate their fiscal health and potential benefits elsewhere.
In a country where the impossible consistently becomes possible, it’s hard to completely rule out such a seemingly unthinkable transfer.
Yale University to Florida? Never.
Florida developing an exclusive, upscale gated community for Yale alumni? That would be an interesting counter-offer…