March 4, 2013 - RUTLAND - Joined by representatives of several Vermont veterans groups and the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Shumlin today reminded taxpayers of a simple way they can help veterans in their communities and statewide. The Vermont State tax return, IN 111, has voluntary check off boxes for taxpayers to donate a dollar to the Vermont Veterans Fund, the Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund and the Children’s Trust Fund.
February 21, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Vermont has received a $45 million grant under the federal government’s State Innovation Models (SIM) initiative to support health care innovations that will improve dramatically the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s health care system.
February 21, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“I am happy to congratulate Brigadier Gen. Cray on his election as Vermont’s next Adjutant General. I was impressed with his credentials and experience, and am confident that he will do a tremendous job leading the terrific men and women of the Vermont National Guard, whose service is so important to our state and our country. I also want to express my thanks to the other candidates, and appreciate that they will continue to serve our state.”
February 20, 2013 - MONTPELIER -Gov. Peter Shumlin, key legislative leadership, the CEO of the Vermont Economic Development Authority, and private partners today outlined a proposal to support and expand business and commercial clean energy projects across the state. Through partnership between VEDA, the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), Efficiency Vermont (EVT) and others, the Vermont Clean Energy Loan Fund (VCELF) would consolidate existing state energy loan programs and increase private capital, working with Vermont’s banking community to expand these projects and grow jobs in Vermont communities.
February 18, 2013 - MONTREAL - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Pauline Marois, Premier of Quebec, met today in Montreal to discuss cross-border issues and sign a cooperation agreement reaffirming the close working relationship on issues critical to both governments. Among the issues included in the document, which was first signed by both entities in 2003, are economic development, energy, the environment, security, tourism, transportation, and agriculture.
February 14, 2013 - MONTPELIER- Gov. Shumlin released the following statement:
“We cannot act quickly enough to move our nation and our planet off fossil fuels, reduce carbon emissions, and promote safe, renewable sources of energy to fuel our economic growth. I applaud Senators Sanders and Boxer for putting forward federal legislation tackle this issue. Senator Sanders once again is demonstrating his leadership on behalf of Vermonters by urging Washington to recognize that there is no greater threat to the future of Vermont and the planet than climate change.”
February 14, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin was joined by a broad group of educators, teachers’ and administrators' representatives, higher education officials, leaders of the business community, as well as the chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees, to endorse a package of proposals designed to ensure that all Vermont children have access to quality education, core programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well post-secondary opportunities that include college and job training.
February 9, 2013 - MONTPELIER - On the heels of a storm that dumped up to 3 feet of snow on parts of New England, prompting Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban driving on his state’s roadways through 4 p.m. today, Gov. Peter Shumlin contacted Gov. Patrick to offer Vermont’s transportation crews to speed the cleanup in the neighboring state. The number of crews, trucks, equipment and other details are being worked out this evening by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Massachusetts transportation officials, but the Vermont AOT workers plan to head to Massachusetts on Sunday morning if needed.
February 7, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today the appointment of Ferrisburgh Republican Warren Van Wyck to finish the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark in the Addison-3 House district. Clark, a Vergennes Republican, died after being struck by a car late last year.
February 7, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and other regional Governors today announced that Vermont and the Northeast’s role in tackling climate change is being strengthened with a new limit on carbon emissions. The nine states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, announced that the annual cap on emissions will be reduced nearly 40 percent from 165 million tons to 91 million tons in 2014, and will decline 2.5 percent per year through 2020.