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Doug Hoffer 
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Re: “Walters: Lyons, Benning Named Senate Committee Chairs

"Emissions from vehicles is incredibly small."

That is false. According to the EPA, "The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions...The Transportation sector includes the movement of people and goods by cars, trucks, trains, ships, airplanes, and other vehicles. The majority of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from the combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline, in internal combustion engines. The largest sources of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions include passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. These sources account for over half of the emissions from the transportation sector. The remaining greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector come from other modes of transportation, including freight trucks, commercial aircraft, ships, boats, and trains, as well as pipelines and lubricants."
https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-g…

And this is true for Vermont as well. See page 3.
https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/aq…

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 01/12/2019 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

"Why would anyone be against a project that could bring in $200 million in private investment?"

One can certainly welcome investment in the city, but we must always ask tough questions about projects of that magnitude. That's called due diligence. If Mr. DeFrancis is inclined to give large developers a pass than I don't think he should be my city councilor (and I live in the district).

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 01/09/2019 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Who Shot Mr. Cheeseface? The Vermont Demise of a Famous Mutt

I remember the cover well. Still makes me laugh.
Great to get the back story about the dog, although saddened by the way it ended.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 12/01/2018 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Assigned Seats: Vermont Lawmakers Line Up for Leadership Roles

Alicia

Thank you for your good work. Your departure is a loss for Seven Days and its readers.
Be safe and enjoy your next adventure.

Doug

PS You're so right about the women who handle the money. We're lucky to have them all. And the cookies are good too!

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/21/2018 at 12:33 PM

Re: “In Suburban South Burlington, a Holdout Farmer Plans to Expand

These types of collaborations are fabulous. Thanks to all those involved.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/07/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Longtime Organic Ag Leader Enid Wonnacott Steps Down

"I am interested in where the $2.8 million budget for NOFA-VT comes from. That's a pretty good amount of money."

Actually, it's not much more than UVMMC pays its CEO.

If you're interested, check the 990. Most of the money comes from membership fees and dues.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 10/30/2018 at 8:53 PM

Re: “DR Power Equipment Plans to Move Headquarters, Jobs From Vergennes

knowyourassumptions:

You say "no context" but continue to ignore the point. These types of "incentives" cannot be objectively evaluated for their return on investment.

"Are you suggesting that this thing that happened 19 years ago was illegal or improper?"
Exaggerate much? I said no such thing.

"If the company was not required to provide evidence that the tax incentive created jobs or added economic benefit, that sounds like the Legislatures fault."
First, companies are required to create the jobs (which can be verified), but VEPC is not permitted to tell taxpayers how many or at what wages. My comment asked if it bothered you that I can't tell you that information. I did not criticize the company for that. Another misrepresentation.

Your comments about the fact that the "incentives" were awarded 19 years ago also misses the point. These programs should always be compared to alternative types of public investments. For example, laying fiber for broadband has a much longer life than 19 years. Building affordable housing serves an immediate need, creates jobs, AND the asset is there for 100 years. And so on.

As for whether the state should spend millions on such "incentive" programs, I repeat what I said earlier (I can't get evidence that they create jobs that wouldn't have been created otherwise) and I direct you to a recent report from my office that (among other things) provides information from prominent researchers about their findings in the matter.
https://auditor.vermont.gov/sites/auditor/…

And finally, I will not stop asking those - like you, who post anonymously to use your real names. Just because it's a rule on the site doesn't mean I can't argue that readers should know who is posting (lots of people agree with me btw).

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 10/27/2018 at 6:39 AM

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