June 3, 2013 - RUTLAND - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a bill into law that improves the state’s Downtown, Village Center, and Neighborhood Designation programs, as well as reducing the cost to develop new housing in and around designated villages and downtowns. In addition, the new law improves blighted properties.
May 29, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Mark Landry, Federal Coordinating Office with FEMA, today announced approval for Vermont to begin demolition of 11 State Office Complex buildings that were severely damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene. More approvals for demolition of up to 12 more buildings are expected in the coming weeks. This demolition work is the critical first step in a structured redevelopment of the Waterbury Complex.
May 29, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed the state’s 2014-15 Capital Budget into law, approving more than $173 million for projects that include the Vermont State Hospital replacement facility in Berlin, the Waterbury State Office complex reconstruction, start on a new Lamoille County Court House, a new State Police barrack in Westminster, mold remediation work at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, and more.
May 25, 2013 - WATERBURY - Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials with Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Agency of Transportation today cautioned that weekend rainfall has elevated the risk of flooding across the state, and urged Vermonters to keep an eye on weather reports and local waterways. The Governor said Vermont state agencies are prepared for a weekend response, with the Vermont State Emergency Operations Center remaining open as long as needed.
May 21, 2013 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“My heart goes out to the friends, families and neighbors of those lost in the series of devastating tornadoes that have roared over Oklahoma this week. We are contacting emergency officials with Gov. Fallin’s office to offer Vermont’s assistance in clean up and recovery. Tropical Storm Irene gave us a first-hand look at the devastation and loss that follow in the wake of serious storms, and just as Vermont appreciated the help from other states at that time, we now stand ready to assist Oklahoma.”
May 17, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that an innovative collaboration to address much needed wireless service is fully operational in Bethel. Working together, the State of Vermont, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA), the Town of Bethel, AT&T and FairPoint helped solve a challenge facing GW Plastics, a leading manufacturer of plastic injection molded products. The lack of cell coverage was presenting challenges, and Brenan Riehl, President and CEO of GW Plastics, needed to find a solution.
May 17, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“It is great news that Vermont’s unemployment rate has dropped yet again, and we continue to have the third lowest rate in the nation. The unemployment rate traditionally fluctuates, but this steady decline reflects what I’m hearing from employers as I travel the state – that they are looking for skilled workers to fill their job openings. Vermont’s 4 percent unemployment rate, 3.5 points lower than the national rate, makes clear that Vermont is a great place to live and work.”
May 16, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Paul Dupre of Barre, Executive Director of Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS), will become the new state Commissioner of Mental Health. Dupre has worked closely with the Department of Mental Health, the Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services, consumers, families and advocates in developing and implementing a recovery philosophy in community settings. He replaces Acting Commissioner Mary Moulton, who will return to her previous position at WCMHS.
May 15, 2013 - RICHMOND - Gov. Peter Shumlin, state transportation officials and legislators today announced a plan to reduce travel and parking demand among state workers, and expand parking at the popular Richmond Park and Ride bus stop off Interstate 89.
Gov. Shumlin signs into law Equal Pay legislation to eliminate pay inequity and create family-friend workplaces
May 14, 2013 - BURLINGTON - Joined by former Gov. Madeleine Kunin and advocates for women’s equality issues, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law changes designed to ameliorate pay inequity for women and create more family-friendly workplaces.