Here’s a letter to the New York Times:
You report that “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York wants to do everything he can to keep the Buffalo Bills in the state” (“Cuomo Says He Could Consider New Bills Stadium,” Aug. 9). Yet you immediately explain that what Mr. Cuomo means is that he “will consider public aid for a new stadium if necessary.”
In words more clarifying: Gov. Cuomo wants to force other people – New York state taxpayers – to do everything they can to bribe the owner of a business worth $840 million to keep that business in New York State.
So in fact Mr. Cuomo isn’t willing to do everything he can; he hasn’t offered to put up any of his own money for this project. Instead, he wants to stick other people with the bill for the Bills.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030