MONTPELIER - March 26, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that his Chief of Staff Liz Miller will leave state government at the end of the legislative session. The Governor has tapped Darren Springer, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS), to serve as his next Chief of Staff.
MONTPELIER - March 25, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today responded to a letter sent by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the nation’s governors to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. Gov. Shumlin’s response is attached to this email and copied below.
BARRE - March 24, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Vermont has been awarded an $8.9 million federal grant to help transition vulnerable Vermonters off food assistance and onto the path to financial independence. Part of a national pilot program including nine other states, the grant will allow Vermont to develop and test innovative ways to help 3SquaresVT recipients find and keep good jobs, increase their incomes, and reduce their reliance on public assistance.
MONTPELIER - March 23, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement following unanimous approval of the 2016 Vermont Budget Bill in the House Appropriations Committee.
“I commend Appropriations Chair Mitzi Johnson and the members of the House Appropriations Committee for their hard work and for making the difficult choices required to control spending and protect Vermont taxpayers. My budget team will take a close look at the specifics in the bill passed this afternoon, and will continue to work closely with the Legislature as the budget makes its way through the next steps in the House and on to the Senate later this session. I remain committed to making sure this budget responsibly spends our limited resources to advance our economy and protect our most vulnerable."
BURLINGTON - March 23, 2015 — Gov. Peter Shumlin today renewed an historic agreement between the States of Vermont and New York and the Government of Québec to collaboratively enhance and preserve Lake Champlain and its watershed. The partnership dates back to 1988 and has been renewed seven times in the 27 years since.
Gov. Shumlin, Vermont Health Connect Leadership Outline Next Steps To Deliver Improved Service for Vermonters
MONTPELIER - March 20, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Vermont had finalized a contract and timeline to deliver long-sought automated “change of circumstance” functionality to the Vermont Health Connect website, and will present a plan to deliver improved customer service to Vermonters that includes specific legislated milestones and contingencies in the event Vermont Health Connect fails to meet expectations for improved service in the coming months. Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller will outline the plan in the legislature later today.
WEST RUTLAND - March 19, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today visited H. Hirschmann Ltd. to highlight the Vermont Training Program (VTP), which each year helps thousands of Vermonters boost their incomes and train for the jobs of tomorrow. In 2014, participants in the program saw a median wage increase of 11.2 percent.
RICHMOND - March 17, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin kicked off Vermont's 2015 maple sugar season today, officially tapping a tree at Slopeside Syrup, in Richmond. The Governor was joined by Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross and students from Richmond Elementary, who tap trees at Slopeside as part of their “farm to school” curriculum.
BURLINGTON - March 16, 2015 – Six months after the launch of a new program to allow qualifying schools to offer free, nutritious meals to all students, Gov. Peter Shumlin, Hunger Free Vermont, school administrators, and others gathered to celebrate the progress of the program and encourage other eligible schools to sign up. Thirty schools throughout Vermont have already enrolled and as many as 45 additional schools may be eligible, according to Hunger Free Vermont.
MONTPELIER - March 12, 2015 – Joined by representatives of the Green Up Vermont Board of Directors, Town Coordinators for Green Up Day and Legislative leaders, Gov. Peter Shumlin today reminded taxpayers who want to support Green Up Day that they now have a simple way to help. New this year, the Vermont State tax return adds Green Up Vermont to its voluntary options for taxpayers to donate a dollar or more to charitable organizations. Also included are the Vermont Veterans Fund, the Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund, and the Children’s Trust Fund.