BURLINGTON - May 19, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with students, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding, and others today to encourage Vermonters to apply for summer dual enrollment courses ahead of upcoming registration deadlines.
MONTPELIER - May 13, 2015 – Standing side-by-side with nonprofits and charities – a sector that employs tens of thousands of Vermonters and accounts for billions of dollars in economic activity every year – Gov. Peter Shumlin today reiterated his opposition to plans being considered in the legislature to limit charitable giving.
MONTPELIER - May 11, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the Senate gave preliminary approval to H.35, legislation to clean up Vermont’s waterways, including Lake Champlain. “I want to thank the Senate for passing a strong bill today that will clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways and strengthen Vermont’s economy. I made this a priority in January because Vermont’s waterways bind Vermonters tightly to our state and inspire others to put down roots here. Cleaning them up is not only important to who we are as Vermonters, it is integral to the state’s environmental and economic health. Both the House and the Senate have now acted to do that, and I look forward to signing a strong water quality bill into law.”
MONTPELIER - May 8, 2015 – Working with Vermont’s States Attorneys, Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed attorney Tom Little as independent counsel to look into the campaign finance related complaint against Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Little will work with and report findings to an eight-member, bipartisan group of States Attorneys that make up a Campaign Finance Review Committee. Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement.
MONTPELIER - May 7, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the Senate gave initial approval to the education bill. “I want to thank the Senate for their hard work in passing this bill. With 20,000 fewer students than we had in 1998, a 4.7 to 1 staff to student ratio, and property taxes that are rising faster than Vermonters' income, it’s clear that we must act. Both the House and Senate have now passed legislation to enhance the quality of education in Vermont and bend the cost curve on education spending. I look forward to working with the House and Senate to reconcile their respective bills, and I feel confident we will emerge with legislation that makes meaningful reforms to promote quality education at a price Vermonters can afford.”
MONTPELIER - May 6, 2015 – Eight rural, underserved Vermont communities are getting help to boost broadband internet speeds. The towns of Norwich, Pittsfield, Randolph, Royalton, Jamaica, Rochester, Reading, and Bradford will receive nearly $900,000 for speed improvement upgrades, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today.
MONTPELIER - May 5, 2015 - After a warm, dry weekend and a Red Flag warning yesterday that ended with more than 25 new reports of wild fires, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has issued an order for all of the state's forest fire wardens to cease issuing burning permits as of 3:00 P.M. on May 5th through May 19th. A Red Flag Warning means there are critical fire weather conditions including low relative humidity, high winds with little to no precipitation had fallen in the past few days. Fires that ignite during these conditions spread rapidly and with high intensity. The ban may be revoked or extended based upon weather conditions.
COLCHESTER - May 4, 2015 – Standing in the heart of a Colchester neighborhood, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a $500,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant to lock in the affordability of eighty homes and make them more energy efficient. The apartments are part of Winchester Place, a mixed-income development of 166 apartments owned in partnership by the Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont. The long term affordability of the homes will secured through the purchase of the land which has been leased from St. Michael’s College.
MONTPELIER - May 1, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed S.141 and issued the following statement. “Vermonters know that I feel that Vermont’s gun laws make sense for our state. We in Vermont have a culture of using guns to care for and manage our natural resources in a respectful way that has served us well. The bill delivered to me today is a shadow of the legislation that I objected to at the beginning of the legislative session. It makes common sense changes, similar to the ones that I supported to prohibit guns on school grounds, and that is why I signed it.”
Gov. Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Scott, GMP & Subaru of New England Urge Vermonters to Turn Out for 45th Green Up Day
MONTPELIER - April 29, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and Green Up Day sponsors Green Mountain Power and Subaru of New England today joined to remind Vermonters to participate in the 45th Annual Green Up Day this Saturday and to highlight a unique, Green Up Day-inspired art project being constructed on the State House lawn.