Coalition calls for investigation into “job shifting” by COMIDA

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Labor groups backed by several Buffalo-area lawmakers are calling for an investigation of the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA).

In a letter filed Thursday afternoon with the state's Authorities Budget Office (ABO), the Getting Our Money's Worth Coalition claims COMIDA broke state law by offering tax breaks to VWR Education LLC.

The letter alleges that the COMIDA tax breaks aided VWR in shifting jobs from the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda to the Rochester suburb of Henrietta.

The law that governs IDAs prohibits job shifting.

“We don't believe that VWR deserves to be publicly funded for shifting jobs from one community down the road to another community,” said Kristi Barnes, a spokeswoman for the coalition. “It's as simple as that.”


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