April 3, 2013 - WILLISTON - Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) today announced the publication of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, the most complete assessment of birds ever assembled for the state and an encyclopedia of avian knowledge for everyone from scientists to school students to backyard birdwatchers.
March 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that more than a year-and-a-half after they watched their homes destroyed by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene and other floods in 2011, three families have closed on the sale of their properties as part of the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), completing the home buyout process. The three -- two from Bethel and one from Bolton -- are the first to complete the HMGP process and receive compensation for their washed out homes. HMGP provides federal funds for towns to buy properties in flood-prone areas to avoid future damage.
March 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - The Governor, legislative and health care leaders said today that Vermont is on track to launch Vermont Health Connect, the federally-mandated Health Benefits Exchange, in October as scheduled for all individual and small group consumers. In addition, Gov. Shumlin outlined progress his administration is making in implementing the state’s broader health reform plan, and announced upcoming changes at the Green Mountain Care Board.
March 22, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional Delegation announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to funding eligibility of the full cost to replace a large culvert on Townshend’s Dam Road that was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene. This ruling could be a precedent that would allow dozens of Vermont towns to qualify for funds to receive full reimbursement—at 90 percent of project costs—from FEMA for similar projects.
March 20, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, surrounded by a broad coalition of legislative, state, municipal and labor representatives, today signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order that any public employee forfeit some or all of their pension if they are convicted of certain financial crimes related to their employment. The law applies to felonies like embezzlement, theft, bribery and other crimes that involve an abuse of public office for financial gain.
March 14, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Building on a successful pilot project launched in three Vermont counties, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross today announced the statewide expansion of the Workplace Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, which enables Vermont state employees to conveniently purchase locally grown food and produce at numerous sites around Vermont. More than 30 employees participated in the pilot project in 2012, nearly 75 percent of whom had never previously participated in a CSA. Of those, almost all plan to reenroll.
March 12, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the state will use CDBG Disaster Recovery funds to cover 75 percent of the cost to towns of buying out homes that have been found to be ineligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
March 11, 2013 - MONTPELIER - In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, Governor Shumlin is hosting a Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The governor is scheduled to attend a luncheon on Sunday, April 21, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where he plans to lead a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont.
March 8, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that he has tapped Orange County Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Kainen to serve as State’s Attorney in Windsor County, effective March 23. Kainen will replace current Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand, who is joining the Shumlin administration to help redefine drunk-driving sentencing and treatment efforts to reduce recidivism rates.
March 6, 2013 - WINOOSKI - In support of several mayors and town officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin today proposed legislation relating to the state’s tax increment financing (TIF) districts to ensure communities benefiting from the TIFs have clear rules to follow while ensuring oversight and enforcement, when needed, by the State.