MONTPELIER – November 2, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement on former Vermont First Lady, State Senator, and Lieutenant Governor Barbara Snelling who passed away today.
ESSEX JUNCTION – November 2, 2015 – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a federal grant to help Vermont businesses reliant on defense contracts diversify into new markets as defense spending declines. The $386,325 Department of Defense (DOD) grant was awarded to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to work directly with Vermont businesses looking to adjust their business plans.
BURLINGTON – October 29 - With open enrollment set to begin next week, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Vermont Health Connect (VHC) is ready and that many Vermonters getting their insurance through the online marketplace will see their monthly health care premiums decrease next year. This November marks the beginning of the three-month open enrollment period, the once-a-year opportunity for Vermonters using VHC to reevaluate their health care needs and change plans if they wish. It is also a time for Vermonters without health insurance to sign up.
MONTPELIER - October 28, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a milestone in Vermont State Park visitation. So far this year, more than 1 million people have visited state parks. That hasn’t happened in 27 years and has only occurred four other times over the 91 year history of the park system.
MONTPELIER - October 27, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin is in Montreal pitching Vermont as an ideal for place for Canadian companies to do business in the U.S., meeting today with leaders of the Quebec government and business community to discuss increased opportunities for investment, trade, and job growth on both sides of the border. The Governor and Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard were also on hand to witness the signing of a new partnership agreement between the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (FCCQ) and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Vermont Quebec Enterprise Initiative (VQEI).
MONTPELIER – October 23, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Theresa Wood of Waterbury to the House seat vacated by former State Rep. Rebecca Ellis, who resigned from the Legislature in August to join the Shumlin Administration. The Washington-Chittenden district, which Wood will represent, includes the towns of Waterbury, Huntington, Buel’s Gore, and Bolton.
MONTPELIER - October, 22, 2015 - Vermont’s emergency management program has once again been accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), Gov. Peter Shumlin and Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) Director Christopher Herrick announced today. DEMHS previously achieved accreditation in 2010.
MONTPELIER - October 21, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after news that President Obama has issued a memorandum calling for increased training for professionals who prescribe opiates and a call for greater access to treatment for those suffering from prescription drug and heroin addiction.
MONTPELIER – October 20, 2015 - Today Gov. Peter Shumlin and Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard announced that Cheryl Ward Elovirta has been appointed Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Corrections (DOC), making the first all-female leadership team at the Department in Vermont history. Elovirta replaces Menard, who was appointed Commissioner after Andy Pallito was appointed Commissioner of Finance.
MONTPELIER - October 19, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin today recommended using funds from the Vermont Enterprise Fund to attract over 120 jobs – more than 50 in the Northeast Kingdom and up to 73 in the Bethel/Royalton area. In addition to the jobs, the $700,000 in awards would more than pay for themselves, generating millions in state revenue.