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.
March 20, 2013 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin, surrounded by a broad coalition of legislative, state, municipal and labor representatives, today signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order that any public employee forfeit some or all of their pension if they are convicted of certain financial crimes related to their employment. The law applies to felonies like embezzlement, theft, bribery and other crimes that involve an abuse of public office for financial gain.
March 14, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Building on a successful pilot project launched in three Vermont counties, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross today announced the statewide expansion of the Workplace Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, which enables Vermont state employees to conveniently purchase locally grown food and produce at numerous sites around Vermont. More than 30 employees participated in the pilot project in 2012, nearly 75 percent of whom had never previously participated in a CSA. Of those, almost all plan to reenroll.
March 12, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the state will use CDBG Disaster Recovery funds to cover 75 percent of the cost to towns of buying out homes that have been found to be ineligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
March 11, 2013 - MONTPELIER - In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, Governor Shumlin is hosting a Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The governor is scheduled to attend a luncheon on Sunday, April 21, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where he plans to lead a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont.
March 8, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that he has tapped Orange County Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Kainen to serve as State’s Attorney in Windsor County, effective March 23. Kainen will replace current Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand, who is joining the Shumlin administration to help redefine drunk-driving sentencing and treatment efforts to reduce recidivism rates.
March 6, 2013 - WINOOSKI - In support of several mayors and town officials, Gov. Peter Shumlin today proposed legislation relating to the state’s tax increment financing (TIF) districts to ensure communities benefiting from the TIFs have clear rules to follow while ensuring oversight and enforcement, when needed, by the State.
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.”