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Florida governor tries to lure Yale to Sunshine State

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Florida’s governor is suggesting Yale University consider relocating its New Haven campus to the Sunshine State. (WFSB) Florida’s governor is suggesting Yale University consider relocating its New Haven campus to the Sunshine State. (WFSB)
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Florida’s governor is suggesting Yale University consider relocating its New Haven campus to the Sunshine State.

The campus dates back more than 300 years and is home to smart students, past presidents and beautiful old buildings that are full of history.

The suggestion isn’t an April Fool’s joke…Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office put out a press release.

Scott made the proposal in light of the Connecticut’s state legislature considering taxing the net investment profits of Yale’s $25.6 billion endowment.

"We would welcome a world-renowned university like Yale to our state and I can commit that we will not raise taxes on their endowment. This would add yet another great university to our state,” the release said in part.

"I think the Florida governor should maybe come to Yale and talk to students I've talked with about what it’s like to be on financial aid here and not have all the resources,” said Yale student Lev Gray.

Plenty on campus got a chuckle out of the governor of Florida's proposal.  

One person even joked that they could see it now-- helicopters and claws trying to remove the campus. But Yale officials said there is no need to worry.

"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. We're looking forward to reaching even greater heights in education, research and civic engagement over the next three centuries and more,” the university said in a statement.

"I like having the four seasons, I like the Northeast, this collegiate culture,” said Lenardo Sanchez-Noya, who is a Yale student and is from Florida. "Other than the fact that the weather would be a lot better."

It looks like Yale is staying put in the place it has called home since 1701.

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