I am uniquely qualified to lead the Auditor’s Office. I have the professional experience and the educational credentials to hit the ground running. It’s a perfect fit and is the only job of interest to me in state government.
I have a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School. I came to Vermont in 1988 to work for the City of Burlington in the Community & Economic Development Office. I left City Hall in 1993 and have been a self-employed policy analyst for the past 19 years.
Having worked under contract to the State Auditor for five years in the 1990s, I am familiar with the office. Because of my work as a policy analyst, I am knowledgeable about the issues and have worked effectively with legislators and state officials.
As the author of the Job Gap Study (a series of reports over the last 15 years), I have provided policy guidance for Legislators dealing with economic development and related tax policies, the livable wage, and the benefits of greater in-state purchasing.
I have a history of challenging orthodoxy and looking outside the box for solutions. As a numbers guy, I will be actively engaged in the work of the office (as opposed to a figurehead). I am a stubborn investigator who does not take short cuts or settle for less than thorough methods.
Tracking the money raised and spent by state government is important but it is just the beginning of the Auditor’s job, not the end. The Auditor must also determine if taxpayer money is being spent wisely. That is, do state programs achieve the goals intended by the Legislature? Are they cost-effective? I’ve been asking these tough questions for years.
Sometimes this type of work angers powerful interests. After all, bureaucrats and special interests don’t like to read that their programs may be ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money. Yet asking difficult questions and speaking uncomfortable truths are exactly the tasks of the state Auditor.