MONTPELIER - October 7, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after Amtrak announced that partial service will be restored on Vermonter line tomorrow following Monday’s derailment in Northfield. The Vermonter northbound train will operate from Washington to Saint Albans as normal tomorrow. Passengers traveling southbound will continue to be transported by bus to Springfield Mass. or New Haven, Conn. where they will board other Amtrak trains.
MONTPELIER – October 7, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the Public Service Department successfully negotiated an agreement with Vermont Gas to limit the cost to ratepayers for the Addison County Natural Gas Pipeline Project to $20 million less than the company's cost estimate for the project. "I'm pleased that the Public Service Department was able to work with Vermont Gas to lower the cost of the project to ratepayers by $20 million. This agreement can give ratepayers confidence in the cost of the project. I continue to believe that expanding natural gas beyond Chittenden and Franklin counties will be good for Vermont, bringing a cheaper fuel choice and new energy efficiency services to Vermonters whose incomes are not keeping up with the rising costs of health care and property taxes and replacing dirty oil with a cleaner fuel source. I'm pleased in the steps Vermont Gas has taken in the last months to show their commitment to completing this project for the benefit of Vermonters."
MONTPELIER - October 1, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin, representatives from Vermont’s insurance carriers, and officials and staff from Vermont Health Connect (VHC) gathered today to update on the health insurance marketplace’s progress. The Governor announced that the technology upgrade necessary for a smooth open enrollment has been delivered and tested and will be deployed starting this evening; the backlog of change of circumstance cases has been cleared; VHC is now operating at a vastly improved customer service level for change requests; and customers will be able to report many changes online starting Monday. Meeting those milestones is consistent with the schedule laid out by the Governor in March 2015 and in legislation passed later in the spring.
MONPELIER - October 1, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agency of Human Services (AHS) Secretary Hal Cohen announced today that for the second time this year Vermont has received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture a bonus for increased performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families. The bonus of $252,344 comes on top of a $293,000 bonus received in July.
Gov. Shumlin, VT Dept. of Labor, and St. Mikes Outline Survey on College Students’ Perceptions of VT’s Job Market
September 24, 2015 -- COLCHESTER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today joined with the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) to highlight survey results focused on the perception of Vermont’s economy and job market by recent graduates and incoming seniors at St. Michael’s College. One concerning finding from the survey is that almost 40 percent of students who left or plan to leave Vermont following graduation cited a “reported lack of job availability,” contradicting the fact that Vermont has thousands of job openings and the nation’s fourth lowest unemployment rate.
MONTPELIER - September 23, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging leaders in the U.S. Senate to oppose the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A), citing concerns over Dr. Califf’s close ties to the pharmaceutical industry. According to the New York Times, Dr. Califf would have “deeper ties to the pharmaceutical industry than any F.D.A. commissioner in recent memory.”
MONTPELIER - September 18, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement following the death of Vermont State Police Trooper Kyle Young, who collapsed during a training exercise yesterday. The Governor will order the Vermont state flag to fly at half staff for three days starting at sunrise on the day of Trooper Young's funeral. “Trooper Kyle Young was a dedicated police officer and Vermonter who joined the State Police to make our state a better place. To lose him in service to Vermont is truly tragic. The Vermont State Police are an incredibly tight-knit family, and I know this loss has hit them hard. My thoughts are with Trooper Young’s family and friends and the entire State Police family.”
MONTPELIER - September 17, 2015 – Despite nearly four years of work by Vermont’s congressional delegation, the Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Agency of Transportation, and Agency of Natural Resources to help the town of Bennington secure funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for costs incurred during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, FEMA today denied the final appeal allowed under federal law.
SHELBURNE - September 16, 2015 – Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin joined Drive Electric Vermont in celebrating the launch of DRIVE THE DREAM VERMONT, a campaign to increase the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the State. As part of the campaign, a diverse group of leading Vermont employers, including businesses, hospitals, and schools met with Governor Shumlin at Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, VT to announce their commitments to advance EVs in Vermont.