Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s climate announcement
June 26, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“Climate change imperils our environment, our economy, and the way of life Vermonters hold dear. We understand the high price of climate change -- from the devastation caused by more frequent and violent storms, to the quieter but significant shifts we see every day on our farms, in our forests, and in our rivers. That’s why it is so important that President Obama today put us on course to reduce pollution from power plants, some of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in this country. The President's plan to boost energy efficiency programs and to continue support for clean, renewable energy also will help our country meet its obligation to fight climate change while providing jobs and saving money on our energy bills. Vermont has shown that these efforts can help our economy prosper, even as they protect our environment. I thank the President for his leadership.”
June 25, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin called upon congressional leadershuip to take prompt action to keep higher education accessible.
“I urge congressional leaders to find a compromise that prevents interest rates on the Stafford student loan program from doubling on July 1, so that higher education costs don’t climb out of reach of American students and their families. The federal loan program is named after the late U.S. Sen. Robert T. Stafford, a Vermont Republican, who understood the value of an affordable college degree. In Vermont, we have recognized that tuition increases and the doubling of loan rates are not sustainable, and the state Legislature – with the support of my administration – has taken proactive steps to hold the line on the cost of higher education while making access to college courses easier and more affordable for high school students. We are doing our part, and Vermont’s congressional delegation has also worked to prevent this steep jump in federal loan rates. Now it is time for Congress to act.
June 24, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today applauded the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 24th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which evaluates childhood wellness in all fifty states. Vermont has improved its overall ranking in each of the past three years, and now enjoys the second-best ranking in the nation, up from third overall in 2012.
June 18, 2013 - BURLINGTON - Gov. Peter Shumlin, EPA New England Brownfields Director Carol Tucker and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with representatives from Vermont’s congressional delegation, launched a new program today that will advance the redevelopment of brownfields, former industrial or commercial properties that are contaminated from historical uses making it difficult or impossible to put them to new uses. In addition, six Vermont organizations redeveloping brownfields were awarded funding for that work from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
June 18, 2013 - MIDDLESEX - Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined by administration officials, legislators, and mental health advocates today as he marked the completion of the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence. The facility will open Wednesday and will be Vermont’s first secure recovery residence designed to serve mental health patients who do not require long-term hospitalization or acute care but who may present a danger to themselves or others.
Gov. Shumlin announces initial implementation of electric vehicle charging corridor between Vermont and Québec
June 17, 2013
MONTRÉAL- Gov. Peter Shumlin and Québec Premier Pauline Marois today unveiled the first sites of the Vermont-Québec Electric Charging Corridor. The corridor is the result of an agreement between Drive Electric Vermont and the Québec-based Electric Circuit.
Governor Signs Legislation to Promote Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy for Homes, Farms and Businesses
June 17, 2013 - BURLINGTON - Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law three bills that will improve access to energy efficiency and clean energy for Vermonters. The legislative package will provide new financing options through VEDA and the Treasurer’s Office for projects meeting state energy goals, make improvements to the state’s thermal efficiency programs, and streamline the permitting process for farm digester projects.
June 13, 2013 - WATERBURY - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Chittenden, Essex, and Lamoille counties for public infrastructure damage suffered because of severe storms from May 22-26 of this year.
June 13, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today the appointment of Morgan MacIver, a student at Twinfield Union School, to the Vermont Board of Education. MacIver, who will be a junior at Twinfield next fall, will fill one of the two student seats on the panel.
June 7, 2013 - HARTFORD - Following a recent increase in the number of serious motor vehicle crashes on U.S. Route 4 in the Hartford-Woodstock area, including four fatalities in recent months, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that the Agency of Transportation will install portable message boards reminding drivers to be alert and focus on safety, pave deteriorated stretches of the roadway surface, install centerline rumble strips in appropriate areas, conduct an engineering review to determine what further safety treatments may be warranted, and work with local officials on proposed improvements.