MONTPELIER - April 13, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Shawn Straffin, a resident of West Burke, to fill the seat vacated by Bryon Quatrini, who recently retired from the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). The Council is an 11 member board that authorizes job creation incentives and oversees the Tax Increment Financing District program and the Windham County Economic Development Program.
BURLINGTON - April 10, 2015 – “Veni. Vidi. Signati,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said today as he signed into law S.2, a bill that gives Vermont an official Latin motto. The motto, “Stella quarta decima fulgeat,” meaning “May the fourteenth star shine bright,” is a reference to Vermont’s status as the fourteenth state to join the United States. The motto joins Vermont’s English motto, “Freedom and Unity.” The idea for an official Latin motto came from Vermont student Angela Kubicke, who attended the signing, as did the bill’s sponsor Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia).
MONTPELIER - April 9, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud as a member of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) and has appointed environmental advocate Elizabeth Courtney as an alternate member of the NRB.
MONTPELIER - April 8, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin and the co-chairs of his Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet are urging the maker of the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone to take steps to stop a price spike that has seen the cost of the drug surge by over 60 percent in Vermont. Other states across the country have reported similar price increases.
MONTPELIER – April 1, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the House gave overwhelming preliminary approval to H.35, legislation to clean up Vermont’s waterways and Lake Champlain. “As I said in my Inaugural Address, this effort is not only about cleaning up Vermont’s waterways and Lake Champlain, it is about protecting our economy and a natural habitat that binds Vermonters tightly to our state and inspires others to put roots down here. This bill sets us on a path to do that. I want to thank Chairs David Deen, Carolyn Partridge, Pat Brennan, Maxine Grad, Donna Sweaney, Janet Ancel, and Mitzi Johnson for their leadership and hard work. I look forward to working with the Senate to get this bill to my desk.”
MONTPELIER - April 1, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the House gave preliminary approval to H.361, legislation to reduce school spending, improve educational quality, and help control rising property taxes. “We have an education system in Vermont that is designed to serve significantly more students than we currently have or are projected to have for the foreseeable future. That hurts educational quality and places an incredible burden on hard working Vermonters. Today the House made an important step towards fixing that and providing higher quality education at a more affordable price. This is not easy work, and I appreciate the dedication and leadership of the House Committee on Education and its Chairman David Sharpe. I am confident that together we will pass legislation this year that helps districts control education spending, strengthen academic offerings, and ensure their schools are able to provide the best education for our children at a price taxpayers can afford.”
MONTPELIER - April 1, 2015 – As important deadlines approach to register for the SAT college entrance exam, Gov. Peter Shumlin is reminding Vermont high school juniors and seniors that they may qualify to take the test for free and have application fees waived for any of the Vermont State Colleges.
MONTPELIER - March 31, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin is inviting AFSCME to relocate their 2015 Women’s Conference to Vermont after the union canceled plans to hold the conference in Indiana over disagreements with the state’s new ‘religious freedoms’ law and the message it sends to the LGBTQ community.
BURLINGTON - March 30, 2015 – With over 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen today announced a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The Governor and Secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars to rehabilitate and increase the number affordable housing units in Chittenden County, helping to relieve a shortage that affects all of those who face homelessness.
MONTPELIER - March 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after news that the unemployment rate in Vermont dropped to 3.9 percent, the lowest point since May 2007.
“This is positive news for Vermont’s economy,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “Combined with the revised jobs numbers released last month, which showed an increase of 3,400 jobs in 2014, Vermont’s economy continues its recovery and is moving in the right direction. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure Vermont’s economy works for every single Vermonter. That is why we are focused on tackling rising health care and property tax costs, two of the biggest lags on wage growth for middle class Vermonters.”