APRIL 25 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, joined by experts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Pew Center on the States and others, today announced that the state has reversed the skyrocketing trend in prison growth, reduced failure rates among people released from prison, and cut crime over the past 5 years. Today’s announcement marks a turnaround from 2007, when the Pew Center issued a national report that highlighted Vermont as the state with the greatest projected corrections increase in the Northeast and one of the highest in the nation.
APRIL 25 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement after the United States Postal Service included the White River Jct. mail-processing center on the list to remain open:
APRIL 24 - Montpelier – Applicants are currently being sought for the Vermont Farm to School program. More than $200,000 of State and Federal funds have been earmarked for the program.
APRIL 23 - Montpelier - Today, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz and Commissioners David Mears, Patrick Berry and Michael Snyder were joined by staff and members of the environmental community for the release of a report on the health of Vermont’s Environment.
APRIL 19 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional Delegation today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved over $11 million under the Public Assistance program related to the extensive work done on Bridge 501 along the Vermont Railway line in White River Junction following Tropical Storm Irene. The total estimated cost for the project currently stands at $14.8 million. The severely damaged rail bridge was in imminent danger of collapse and would have effectively dammed the White River and caused severe flooding in nearby towns. VTrans worked to stabilize, reopen and ultimately restore the important transportation link in record time.
APRIL 18 - MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin said today that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will reimburse the state for $4 million in Irene-related expenses for work performed by National Guard units. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) successfully appealed a decision of the FHWA that would have made those expenses ineligible for reimbursement under the Emergency Relief program. FHWA is now allowing eligible emergency repair work performed by the National Guard to be reimbursed under the relief program when such work is not otherwise funded by another federal government agency.
APRIL 10 - WATERBURY – Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by Green Up Vermont officials to announce the Green Up to Recover Initiative to renew volunteer efforts to help the state recover from the damage left by Tropical Storm Irene, being kicked off on Green Up Day. This year the annual clean-up event scheduled for May 5 will target the increased trash left by Irene's floodwaters as well as other recovery projects in hard hit areas. In addition, the Governor announced the generous $25,000 donation from Ernie Boch Jr., CEO of Boch Enterprises, to help with Green Up to Recover efforts across the state.
APRIL 9 - WILLISTON – Three out of four (75 percent) Vermonters say they are interested in using “an online health insurance exchange” to compare and purchase health insurance, according to a Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) survey. After learning more about the “online health insurance exchange,” that number grows to 86 percent who say they would be interested in using the website if they are uninsured in 2014.