July 23, 2013 - MORRISVILLE – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the allocation of nearly $2 million in tax credits to support about $18 million in building improvements and investment to help revitalize Vermont’s downtowns and community centers. Competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, this year’s tax credits went to 31 projects in 20 communities.
July 18, 2013 - BURLINGTON - On the eve of the 2013 Vermont Brewers Festival, a sold-out event that draws thousands to Burlington’s Waterfront to celebrate the state’s robust craft brew-industry, Gov. Shumlin and artisan beer advocates cheered a new law allowing craft brewers to send their beer to in- and out-of-state customers.
Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a statement today urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve comprehensive immigration reform
July 18, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“This week I joined 14 other Governors in urging the House leadership to approve common sense immigration reform that will help stimulate the U.S. economy, provide farmers in Vermont and other rural states with the workforce they need to continue to feed the nation, and establish a carefully constructed path to earned citizenship, while also ensuring border security.
July 17, 2013 - ESSEX TOWN - Stressing the need for more quality preschool to improve children’s education and outcomes, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a public-private partnership to enable communities across the state to launch or expand publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs that give children a strong start on education and eventually lead to improved school performance.“There is no question that quality pre-K programs give kids the best start possible, ensuring they arrive at school ready to learn,” the Governor said. “In the short term, that means a strong academic future, and better job opportunities down the road.”
July 15, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Whether it’s touring covered bridges in Bennington, playing disc golf at the Killington resort, hiking the Long Trail in central Vermont, mountain biking at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center, or sailing on Lake Champlain, Vermont is open for business and the best of summer is yet to come.
July 11, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Standing at the Whitcomb Farm with owner Lorenzo Whitcomb, which has experienced crop-damaging flooding from over 20 inches of rain this season, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross today urged Vermont farmers to take steps now to document damage, explore planting options for late-season crops, and reach out for help and advice to salvage the season.
July 5, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today urged Vermonters in flood-impacted regions to use special caution following two weeks of isolated storms that have produced deadly lightning and swift currents in streams and rivers. That weather pattern -- which has indirectly led to at least two deaths, stranded homes and cars in high water, and damaged and destroyed roads and bridges -- is forecast to continue through next Thursday.
July 1, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan today announced that the Vermont Department of Labor will pay off a loan owed to the U.S. Department of Labor two years early for money the State borrowed during the great recession to bolster the then-depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The loan was paid in its entirely today when the Governor hit the “Send” button on the Vermont Department of Labor computer to transfer the final payment of $54 million from the State’s Unemployment Fund to the USDOL Employment and Training Administration.
June 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Joe Flynn, head of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, today urged Vermonters to keep an eye on weather reports in the coming days, and use special care if forecasts of heavy rainfall, high winds and flooding become reality.
June 26, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by business owners and lawmakers to announce that $5 million in unemployment insurance relief will be provided to 75 Vermont businesses – impacting about 300 employees – hit in 2011 by three natural disasters, including flooding in April and May, and Tropical Storm Irene in August. The Governor said the new law is another step in the state’s efforts to help Vermont businesses recover from natural disasters and prepare for those in the future.