Doug Hoffer 
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Re: “Coming and Going: Vermont Struggles to Grow Its Workforce

The affordability issue has two elements: costs and wages. But we rarely hear about wages. Mr. Kelly makes the point in the comment above. It's Econ 101: if you pay them, they will stay or come.

Second, Vermont is tiny compared to the metropolitan areas so for any particular occupational title there might be 50 jobs here (with limited turnover each year), but 800 in Boston or New York. It's just a matter of scale having nothing to do with state policy.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 02/09/2017 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Chasing Trump: Polite Critics No Match for the Donald

To all those who posted complaining about John Walters: Why should we take you seriously when you don't even post with your real names?

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 02/02/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Slouching Toward Transparency

As I pointed out during testimony in Senate Government Operations this week, the requirement that members report on corporate involvement only when they have a "controlling" interest is not optimal. A person could own 45% of a small firm or 15% of a large firm. In both cases, the ownership stake is noteworthy, but neither person would have to report. I hope they reconsider this.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 01/20/2017 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Media Note: After 31 Years, Dave Gram Leaves the Associated Press

Dave is a professional and a good man. Our loss. Good luck Dave.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 01/04/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Burlington Mall Opponents Sue to Get Vote Result Tossed

I'm curious why "knowyourassumptions" doesn't use his or her real name. If that was required, the author might be less inclined to use tired ad hominem phrases like "pathetic communist wannabes."

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/21/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Legislature Might Decide Lieutenant Governor’s Race

Terri - You said "Auditor Doug Hoffer, a Democrat/Progressive, received less than 50 percent of the vote in his reelection bid..."

That's true only if you include the blank ballots, which is exactly the issue here. If we exclude those blanks, I received almost 54% of the votes cast for my office.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/16/2016 at 6:17 AM

Re: “State Auditor Doug Hoffer Wants to Keep His (59th) Job

Thanks Robbie. You played a key role in the life of the Job Gap Study by agreeing to finance Phase 6 (The Leaky Bucket) when you were the director of USDA's Office of Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire. I have to say that the research for that report was some of the most enjoyable and challenging I've ever done. Even better, I got to know you in the process.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/22/2016 at 6:57 AM

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