Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a statement following Senate passage of the amended end-of-life choices bill
May 8, 2013 - MONTPELIER - “I understand the deep convictions held by Vermonters on all sides of this extraordinarily personal issue. But I also know how important it is for those who face terminal illness and tremendous pain to have this choice, in conjunction with their physicians and loved ones, in the final days of their lives. I am grateful for the Legislature's continued hard work on this difficult issue.”
May 8, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Philip Kolling will serve as Executive Director of SerVermont, which coordinates and promotes community service across the state and is housed within the Agency of Human Services. Kolling has been SerVermont's VISTA Project Supervisor, and is responsible for starting Vermont’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, which currently hosts 27 VISTA members within 20 different non-profit and government agencies statewide.
May 7, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell and key legislative leaders today announced an agreement to avoid raising taxes on Vermonters, and instead focus on spending cuts and efficiencies to achieve a balanced budget for the state.
May 3, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today joined Agency of Transportation workers to pick up trash along a small stretch of I-89, raising awareness of Green Up Day, which will be held around the state on Saturday. Under Gov. Deane Davis in 1970, Vermont became the first state to designate one day to clean up the state. This year, about 15,000 Vermonters are expected to pick up trash along their roadways, in parks and public spaces, and other areas across the state.
May 2, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder and the Working Lands Enterprise Board today announced the first round of grant recipients from the “Enterprise Investment Area” of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund, with almost $220,000 awarded to 20 grantees representing sectors across agriculture, forestry and forest products.
April 25, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today congratulated the six Vermont semifinalists of the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program who were chosen for their academic and artistic success, leadership abilities, and community and school involvement.
Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a statement following the announcement that Vermont Supreme Court Justice Brian Burgess will retire
April 23, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
"Justice Burgess is a thoughtful judge who, by all accounts, has been an absolute pleasure to work with. During his many years on the bench, he brought a sense of fairness, humility, and humor that endeared him to many. His down-to-earth presence and years of practical experience will be missed. I thank him for his many years of hard work and service to the state of Vermont."
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.