April 22, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with the Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe, today announced the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees and inaugural District Sustainability Awardees nominated by the Vermont Agency of Education. Reading Elementary School, St. Albans City Elementary School, and Shelburne Community School are among the 64 schools nationally announced as 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
April 19, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“The news today of another drop in the Vermont’s unemployment rate, to 4.1 percent, is further proof that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the worst recession in our memory. Vermont now has the third lowest unemployment rate in the country and the strongest job market in the region, reflecting what I’m hearing from business owners as I travel the state. While we know the rate will fluctuate up and down over time, the consistent downward trend in recent months shows that employers are hiring and need skilled workers. We are working hard to ensure Vermonters are qualified to fill those jobs and are connected with the employers who need workers.”
April 18, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin, attending a Drive Electric Vermont celebration of electric vehicles in Vermont, today announced that the State Fleet program will launch a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to further Vermont’s goals to reduce reliance on gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The electric sedan -- a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid -- was plugged in today at a new charging station located near the State House on Governor Aiken Avenue.
April 15, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement following today’s explosions in Boston:
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured in today’s explosions in Boston. It is heartbreaking that what started out as a festive sporting event for thousands, including many Vermonters, turned into a tragedy. Vermont has offered any help needed to Massachusetts law enforcement in the aftermath of the blasts. We continue to closely monitor the situation, and are prepared to assist our neighbors in Massachusetts if asked.”
April 10, 2013 - SOUTH BURLINGTON – Noting that Vermont’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4 percent, third-lowest in the nation and more than three points lower than the national average, Gov. Peter Shumlin today praised the efforts of Vermont employers and the State agencies that have worked to propel the Vermont economy forward from the economic recession that started in 2007.
April 8, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today released the third Irene recovery report entitled “Sustaining our Progress,” which charts the accomplishments since the June 2012 Recovering Stronger Report, sets goals for the 2nd anniversary of the storm, and outlines the recovery the efforts that will continue into the recovery’s third year and beyond.
April 3, 2013 - WILLISTON - Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) today announced the publication of the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, the most complete assessment of birds ever assembled for the state and an encyclopedia of avian knowledge for everyone from scientists to school students to backyard birdwatchers.
March 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that more than a year-and-a-half after they watched their homes destroyed by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene and other floods in 2011, three families have closed on the sale of their properties as part of the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), completing the home buyout process. The three -- two from Bethel and one from Bolton -- are the first to complete the HMGP process and receive compensation for their washed out homes. HMGP provides federal funds for towns to buy properties in flood-prone areas to avoid future damage.
March 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - The Governor, legislative and health care leaders said today that Vermont is on track to launch Vermont Health Connect, the federally-mandated Health Benefits Exchange, in October as scheduled for all individual and small group consumers. In addition, Gov. Shumlin outlined progress his administration is making in implementing the state’s broader health reform plan, and announced upcoming changes at the Green Mountain Care Board.
March 22, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional Delegation announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to funding eligibility of the full cost to replace a large culvert on Townshend’s Dam Road that was destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene. This ruling could be a precedent that would allow dozens of Vermont towns to qualify for funds to receive full reimbursement—at 90 percent of project costs—from FEMA for similar projects.