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Doug Hoffer 
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Re: “City Officials to Release Details About Burlington Telecom Bidders

Transparency is always the best option. Thanks to Jane, Kurt and Karen.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/14/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Mr. DeFrancis - You said "VEGI and TIF are funded by new revenue." As I said, that is only true if the economic activity would have occurred without the "incentives." That is an assumption that cannot be audited or proved.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/24/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Needless to say, the final sentence should have said "I am not alone in thinking that much (if not all) of the growth attributed to the "incentives" would have occurred with[out] them."

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

Mr. DeFrancis - I am grateful for all the good jobs at Dealer.com. The only question is whether the company would have grown here without the subsidies. Notwithstanding your obvious faith in the value of the program, I cannot audit it because it rests entirely on an assertion by management that "but for" the "incentives," the growth would not have occurred. Such assertions are too subjective for an audit and I can't audit faith. I am not alone in thinking that much (if not all) of the growth attributed to the "incentives" would have occurred with them.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Burlington's Dealer.com Lays Off 45 Employees

For the record, Dealer.com has been awarded $6.3 million in business "incentives" over the years, along with over $500,000 in training grants.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/23/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Walters: Hoffer Audits Critique State Employee Disciplinary Process

Information about the time required for investigations can be found in Figure 1 in both reports (page 21 in the AHS report and page 20 in the DHR report).

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/26/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Walters: Hoffer Audits Critique State Employee Disciplinary Process

There is a link in the first sentence: "a pair of audits."

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/26/2017 at 2:51 PM

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