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Re: “Vermonter Aims to Save Our Water — One Laundry Load at a Time

I hope it works. Good luck.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 05/04/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Inside the Conservative Takeover of Vermont's Coolidge Foundation

"The foundation does not identify its donors..."

That says everything.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 04/19/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Land O'Lakes Buys Vermont Creamery: 10 Questions for Allison Hooper

Congratulations. Sounds like a good fit. Thanks for all your hard work.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 03/31/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

Mr. DeFrancis - You are mistaken. I said nothing about unemployment. I was referring to the labor force. The decline is matched almost exactly by the number of Vermonters who have aged out (65+). All of those jobs have been filled and another 16,000 created. Don't you just hate those "job growth talking points?" BTW - Although I am both a Dem and a Prog, the facts I present are non-partisan.

Finally, you said "Without 0.93% payroll tax, Vermonters can actually afford to build up their own rainy-day fund and take leave in such situations." Really? If you earn $11 per hour and saved 0.93% of your gross wages for a year, you would have $213. How much of a leave would that cover?

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 03/21/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Vermont House Panel Backs Paid Family Leave

"At a time when we are losing an average of six workers from our workforce per day..."

This is terribly misleading. Census data shows that many older Vermonters are retiring and leaving the workforce. That has nothing to do with state policy. Moreover, not only are retirees' jobs being filled, but many others created. We now have 16,000 more jobs than six years ago, including 14,700 in the private sector (VT Dept. of Labor, seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll). Facts matter.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 03/18/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Breakfast Club: Popover Stop at Rustic Roots

Rustic Roots does a very nice job with shirred eggs, among other things. Good food.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 03/03/2017 at 3:43 PM

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

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