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Incumbent Doug Hoffer is seeking his fourth term as Vemront's State Auditor.
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As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for statewide office, Vermont Edition spoke with Doug Hoffer, who is seeking his fourth term as state auditor. Hoffer took the time to explain the role of his office.

Secretary of State Jim Condos, left, and Tess Taylor, vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, certify election results at Condos' office Tuesday.
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Fears of low turnout for Vermont’s midsummer primary proved to be unfounded, as the final vote counts certified by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday show historically high participation in last week’s primary elections.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer, seen here in his Montpelier office seated at a desk.
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A new report from the Office of the Vermont State Auditor says it's nearly impossible to quantify the impact of Vermont's business incentive programs.

Auditor Doug Hoffer says it's hard to tell which Agriculture Agency programs are most effective at cutting phosphorus pollution from farms.
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Vermont’s state auditor says a taxpayer-funded program to reduce phosphorus pollution from farms needs better monitoring and data collection to show what measures are most effective.

Exterior of the Logic Supply building in South Burlington on a cloudy day.
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Among the proposals Gov. Phil Scott has made this year to expand Vermont’s workforce is adding more “enhancements” to the state’s signature business incentive program. But one top state official has long questioned a core principle of that program.

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The state of Vermont needs to do a better job justifying its rulings in cases of alleged employee misconduct, according to a pair of new reports from the office of State Auditor Doug Hoffer.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says shortcomings in project management at the Department of Buildings and General Services have led to cost overruns on major construction projects.
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A new report from the state auditor’s office shows chronic cost overruns for major construction projects at the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.

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Republican Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman won the race for lieutenant governor, and T.J. Donovan will be Vermont's first new attorney general since 1997.

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According to the latest VPR Poll, Vermonters have been following the races for president and governor very closely. But the rest of the Vermont races, not so much. It's OK — that's where we come in.

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The auditor of accounts is tasked with reviewing state programs to find waste and inefficiency and to hold government agencies accountable.

The auditor serves as a watchdog over the operations of state government and conducts what are known as "performance audits" to evaluate the effectiveness of specific programs, and the major party candidates for state auditor view the role of the office very differently.

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This week, Vermont Edition brings you election debates for three statewide offices.  On Thursday, the leading candidates for state auditor meet in a live, face-to-face debate.

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Debate continues over what state officials knew when about the alleged EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom.  Four guests join us today to discuss the situation.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano plans to run for state auditor as a Republican.

Feliciano said Tuesday he is in the process of gathering the required signatures and plans to submit his petition to the Secretary of State’s office by the Thursday deadline. Auditor Doug Hoffer, a Democrat and Progressive, has already filed for re-election.

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The first independent, external audit of Vermont Health Connect has arrived, and Virginia-based auditing firm says the state is out of compliance with federal regulations for state health insurance exchanges.

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer has launched a study to help determine if the state of Vermont could do a better job collecting delinquent taxes.

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Over the past 14 months, the state of Vermont has paid an out-of-state contractor more than a half million dollars to perform a job that doesn’t appear to exist.

That’s among the findings detailed in a performance audit of the state’s online insurance exchange, released publicly Thursday morning by State Auditor Doug Hoffer

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Health economist Jonathan Gruber won notoriety last year for his unflattering remarks about the “stupidity of the American voter.” But here in Vermont, the state auditor is far more concerned about the MIT professor’s billing habits than his ill-advised public remarks.

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Incumbent Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer is running unopposed in this election. He has accepted the nomination of both the Democratic and the Progressive parties. We'll talk to Doug Hoffer about the focus of his audits in the last two years, and why he thinks he deserves your vote in November.

Also on the show, we'll get an analysis of this election season with Paul Heintz, who writes the political column Fair Game for Seven Days.

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A report from the Auditor’s Office says Vermont is falling short when it comes to giving consumers a way to research the prices of medical procedures from different health care providers around the state. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Auditor Doug Hoffer what the report says about VHCURES, the current database the state is using, which the Green Mountain Care Board plans to revamp.

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