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.”
MONTPELIER - March 26, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, Rep. Jill Krowinski, the president of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and other supporters today called for the creation of child savings accounts to give every child born in Vermont a head start on saving for higher education and boost the number of Vermont kids who move beyond high school.
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.