January 16, 2013 - RANDOLPH - Gov. Peter Shumlin, key members of his administration, lawmakers and local officials joined Randolph developer Sam Sammis today to officially sign off on construction of the state’s first public-private visitor center serving both north- and southbound travelers on I-89 in Randolph. The facility is part of Sammis’ 172 acre plan for the site off Exit 4 that includes residential units, manufacturing space, a hotel, fitness center and more.
Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a statement following news today of a settlement in the James Deeghan fraud case
January 14, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement following news today of a settlement in the James Deeghan fraud case:
January 8, 2013 - BERLIN - Gov. Shumlin was joined by mental health advocates, Administration officials, lawmakers and others today for a ground breaking to launch construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Berlin to provide up to 25 secure beds. The facility is part of a robust system created after the aging Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury was destroyed in Tropical Storm Irene.
January 7, 2013 - MONTPELIER - In a move to further reduce recidivism, Gov. Peter Shumlin today called for changes in the way courts handle drunk driving cases, as well as the consolidation of the successful Community High School of Vermont and Vermont Correctional Industries programs under the umbrella of Corrections Education.
January 3, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Armando Vilaseca will serve as the state’s first Education Secretary for up to one year, helping the newly created agency transition into its new structure and working with the Administration to move an ambitious education agenda in the coming months. Vilaseca has served as Commissioner of Education since 2009, but moves into the Secretary’s post as the Education Department elevates into an official state agency. Gov. Shumlin said he will be searching for a new Education Secretary next summer, with an expected transition by the next legislative session.
January 2, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined by Treasurer Beth Pearce, Attorney General Bill Sorrell, union leaders, House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, and others today to announce they will pass early in the upcoming legislative session changes to the State, teacher and municipal employees pension systems 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. This includes offenses like embezzlement, theft, bribery and other crimes that involve an abuse of public office for financial gain. Roughly half of states have some type of law on the books dealing with pension issues linked to criminal cases.
December 28, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Vermont’s high-speed broadband network has expanded to reach an estimated 282,000 locations since 2010, is poised to connect to another 12,500 in the coming months, and barring any unforeseen glitches, is on track to serve every household and business in Vermont by the end of 2013. That was the word today from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Connect Vermont Chief Karen Marshall, who have worked to fulfill the Governor’s goal of 100 percent high-speed connectivity by next year’s end.
December 28, 2012 - MORRISVILLE - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the scheduled opening of the Green Mountain Psychiatric Care Center in Morrisville for Jan. 2, 2013. The mental health facility is renovated, staffed, licensed, and ready to begin serving patients, and Interim Medical Director Maria Novas-Schmidt has been named.
December 28, 2012 - MONTPELIER - The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) Board has approved a $5 million grant to expand cellular service within 19 areas in Bennington, Rutland, Windham, and Windsor counties. The award goes to VTel Wireless, an affiliate of Vermont Telephone based in Springfield. The cellular project, with a total cost of $15 million, will extend mobile voice and data service in two ways. VTEL Wireless will be launching their own retail cellular service, and they will have roaming agreements with multiple major cell carriers.
December 18, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that the State of Vermont is appealing FEMA’s decision to deny public assistance for the full cost of replacing a culvert demolished during Tropical Storm Irene. The original culvert, which was located under Dam Road in the Town of Townshend, was a steel, corrugated pipe that was washed downstream during the Irene flooding and was damaged beyond repair. Noting that many other Vermont towns have been denied FEMA reimbursement on similar grounds, the Governor said that the state would support the towns’ appeals to FEMA officials in Washington, D.C.