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.
BURLINGTON - April 28, 2015 – Vermont businesses are hiring and Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with 14 of them today to highlight thousands of open positions around the state. The Governor also encouraged job seekers interested in advanced manufacturing to attend a job fair this Thursday, April 30th, organized by the Vermont Department of Labor for IBM, to be held at the Sheraton in Burlington from noon to 6:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.
MONTPELIER - April 22, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the Senate Education Committee unanimously voted out tonight its amendment to the education bill (H. 361):
“I want to thank Chair Ann Cummings, Senate Leadership and the entire Senate Education Committee for their hard work and unanimous vote on a bill that will help to ensure equal education opportunity and quality for all Vermont students, while lowering the cost curve on our education spending. In January, I made a plea for us all to commit ourselves to listen to all ideas on this critical issue. I urged that the state form partnerships with communities to help them meet this challenge in ways that best suit their needs, while guaranteeing results that lower education costs for all of us.
MONTPELIER - April 22, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the House gave preliminary approval to H.187, earned sick leave legislation. “I want to thank Reps. Tristan Toleno, Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Helen Head, and Speaker Shap Smith for their leadership on this important measure. Most Vermonters agree that if you’re sick you shouldn’t be faced with the decision to either go to work and put others at risk or miss work, sacrifice your paycheck, and potentially lose your job. Many employers already provide fair earned leave policies. But some do not and that puts many Vermonters in a difficult and unfair situation. In the past, I have been skeptical of proposals that did not do enough to recognize the costs and burdens to businesses this legislation might create. This bill addresses those concerns in a balanced and thoughtful way to provide this important benefit to Vermonters.”
MONTPELIER - April 22, 2015 – Marking Earth Day, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the expansion of the Heat Saver Loan program, which will help Vermonters increase the efficiency of their homes and save money on their energy bills while creating jobs and reducing greenhouse emissions.
MONTPELIER - April 21, 2015 – In order to help people with criminal convictions find employment and build successful lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed an Executive Order to implement a ‘ban the box’ state hiring policy and highlighted progress of a bill to expand Vermont’s expungement law.
MONTPELIER - April 16, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today marked the anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act by signing two housing protection bills into law and declaring April Fair Housing Month. The first bill, H.123, ensures mobile home parks are safely maintained and abandoned mobile homes can be dealt with fairly and expeditiously. Also enacted today was H.256, which corrects and confirms protections against retaliation for exercising fair housing rights.
BRATTLEBORO - April 15, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced two new clean energy investments in Windham County totaling $1.9 million. The funds are made available through a 2013 agreement with Entergy and will help increase efficiency, save Windham County schools, municipalities, and homeowners on heating bills, and spur economic activity and job growth.