Now more than ever, Vermonters must ask themselves who they want to audit their tax dollars and critical state programs and in 2020 the answer is Linda Joy Sullivan. She is a two-term state legislator from Dorset but more important to this letter she is a trained and nationally renowned professional certified public auditor with 20 years experience. She’s also one of the few women in the United States who owns her own CPA.
The current incumbent of the State Auditor’s Office is not an auditor and has no experience performing critical financial audits of public monies that require stress tests and auditing expertise that Sullivan possesses. The only kind of audits that the incumbent auditor performs are performance audits and even then he doesn’t do the work himself in that he pays members of far-left political action groups to do the work for him. Is this the kind of status quo you want when it comes to making sure Vermont has properly spent its $1.25 billion in CARES Act money?
The other thing about Doug Hoffer, the current incumbent, besides the email grift he’s involved in with a candidate for governor, is that he is the face of the failing Vermont State College system.
You may ask how is that possible? Easy. The state auditor is required by state statute to sit on the VSC auditing committee and participate in the process. But Doug Hoffer missed 22 VSC audit committee meetings in a row at a time Chancellor Spaulding wrote a white paper detailing the system’s failings. Doug Hoffer could have put this white paper to the auditing test, but doesn’t have the training or skills to perform these kinds of audits so he ignored the problem. He didn’t have VSC’s best interests at heart. He doesn’t care if VSC closes campuses which would have crippling economic effects on the towns they’re in. He’s also anti-TIF financing which means he’s anti-economic development.
The list goes on and on.
Doug Hoffer has shortchanged Vermonters for the last eight years.
The State Auditor’s Office needs a fresh set of eyes and those eyes belong to Linda Joy Sullivan, a professional and respected CPA. And oh, by the way, she has helped rescue 3,000+ people from human trafficking and even served as leader of a Weblos troop of Boy Scouts. She checks off all the boxes. Please check the box next to Linda Joy Sullivan on Aug. 11 or write her name in.
Joey Kulkin, Bennington