MONTPELIER - March 12, 2015 – Joined by representatives of the Green Up Vermont Board of Directors, Town Coordinators for Green Up Day and Legislative leaders, Gov. Peter Shumlin today reminded taxpayers who want to support Green Up Day that they now have a simple way to help. New this year, the Vermont State tax return adds Green Up Vermont to its voluntary options for taxpayers to donate a dollar or more to charitable organizations. Also included are the Vermont Veterans Fund, the Vermont Nongame Wildlife Fund, and the Children’s Trust Fund.
MONTPELIER - March 11, 2015 – Thirteen Vermont cities and towns will receive more than $4 million in grants to make them more resilient, affordable, and accessible, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today. The municipalities will use the funds to build and improve affordable housing, complete disaster repairs, make public spaces accessible to all residents, and revitalize community centers.
MONTPELIER - March 10, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after the House passed H.40.
“I want to thank the House, Reps. Tony Klein and Rebecca Ellis, and the Natural Resources and Energy Committees for their hard work in moving forward this important energy legislation. We’ve made incredible progress growing a clean energy economy in Vermont, which currently supports over 15,000 jobs. The legislation the House passed today will help us lead on energy innovation right here in Vermont, create over 1,000 jobs, save Vermonters a net if $275 million on our energy costs, and make a big dent in our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
MONTPELIER - March 8, 2015 - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement on the death of former Governor Ray Keyser Jr. The Governor has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Governor Keyser.
Saturday March 7
1:00 p.m. Greet and thank Vermont National Guard Members returning from Massachusetts and Senegal deployments
Berlin Armory, 363 Fisher Road, Berlin
MONTPELIER - March 4, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed two new members to the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees, Churchill Hindes of Colchester and Michael Pieciak of Winooski, and has reappointed Linda Milne of Montpelier.
MONTPELIER - February 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement as the Legislature worked to wrap up early session efforts in advance of Town Meeting week. “I want to thank the House and the Senate, and especially Speaker Smith and Senate Pro Tem Campbell, for the hard work so far this session. In January I laid out a number of priorities to keep Vermont moving forward, including cleaning up Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways; strengthening Vermont's clean energy innovation to create jobs and save Vermonters money on their electricity costs; reducing the Medicaid cost shift to save Vermont businesses and those with private insurance on rising insurance rates; reducing school spending to relieve the property tax burden on hard working Vermonters; advancing economic development proposals to ensure additional support and more trained workers for growing Vermont businesses; and passing a budget that makes the difficult but necessary decisions required to put our state on sound fiscal footing going forward. On those priorities, this has been one of the most productive beginnings to a legislative session that I have seen in many years.”
WATERBURY - February 27, 2015 – With continued uncertainty over whether or for how long Congress will approve funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont public safety officials today outlined impacts of a shutdown for Vermont. If funding is not approved by midnight tonight most divisions of the federal agency will suspend operations. While Congress is considering a short-term fix, the administration seeks a long-term solution given the importance of the Department.
MONTPELIER - Feburary 25, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law legislation to tighten reporting restrictions for sex offenders when they are released from their sentence. Introduced by House Judiciary Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Grad, the legislation (H.16) requires a sex offender to report to the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry prior to his or her release from prison. Previously, offenders had up to three days after release to report information about their intended residence, and the Department of Corrections could not compel an offender to provide such information before release. The bill also requires a sex offender to report to the Sex Offender Registry within 24 hours of being released from probation, parole, furlough, or a supervised community sentence.
WATERBURY - February 25, 2015 – With a growing number of communities having experienced water main breaks over the past week and other communities reporting frozen underground water pipes affecting a number of individual customers, Vermont state agencies are ready to provide assistance to communities that may need resources, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Public Safety officials announced today.