July 15, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Whether it’s touring covered bridges in Bennington, playing disc golf at the Killington resort, hiking the Long Trail in central Vermont, mountain biking at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center, or sailing on Lake Champlain, Vermont is open for business and the best of summer is yet to come.
July 11, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Standing at the Whitcomb Farm with owner Lorenzo Whitcomb, which has experienced crop-damaging flooding from over 20 inches of rain this season, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross today urged Vermont farmers to take steps now to document damage, explore planting options for late-season crops, and reach out for help and advice to salvage the season.
July 5, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today urged Vermonters in flood-impacted regions to use special caution following two weeks of isolated storms that have produced deadly lightning and swift currents in streams and rivers. That weather pattern -- which has indirectly led to at least two deaths, stranded homes and cars in high water, and damaged and destroyed roads and bridges -- is forecast to continue through next Thursday.
July 1, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan today announced that the Vermont Department of Labor will pay off a loan owed to the U.S. Department of Labor two years early for money the State borrowed during the great recession to bolster the then-depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The loan was paid in its entirely today when the Governor hit the “Send” button on the Vermont Department of Labor computer to transfer the final payment of $54 million from the State’s Unemployment Fund to the USDOL Employment and Training Administration.
June 27, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Joe Flynn, head of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, today urged Vermonters to keep an eye on weather reports in the coming days, and use special care if forecasts of heavy rainfall, high winds and flooding become reality.
June 26, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by business owners and lawmakers to announce that $5 million in unemployment insurance relief will be provided to 75 Vermont businesses – impacting about 300 employees – hit in 2011 by three natural disasters, including flooding in April and May, and Tropical Storm Irene in August. The Governor said the new law is another step in the state’s efforts to help Vermont businesses recover from natural disasters and prepare for those in the future.
June 26, 2013 - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
"Today's DOMA decision is a critical step toward equality for all families. Married same-sex couples in a dozen states nationwide now cannot be deprived by the federal government of the rights and benefits they deserve. This is an historic decision. In Vermont, we have known for a long time that all of us, regardless of whether we are straight or gay, deserve the same right to marry the person we love. I will always remember with immense pride the day we made Vermont the first state to enact same-sex marriage through legislation. It was a hard fight, but it was the right fight. While it helped pave the way for the Court's DOMA decision today, it is clear we have more to do to ensure equality for all across America. This is a matter of human rights, of true dignity and respect for all.”
Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s climate announcement
June 26, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“Climate change imperils our environment, our economy, and the way of life Vermonters hold dear. We understand the high price of climate change -- from the devastation caused by more frequent and violent storms, to the quieter but significant shifts we see every day on our farms, in our forests, and in our rivers. That’s why it is so important that President Obama today put us on course to reduce pollution from power plants, some of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in this country. The President's plan to boost energy efficiency programs and to continue support for clean, renewable energy also will help our country meet its obligation to fight climate change while providing jobs and saving money on our energy bills. Vermont has shown that these efforts can help our economy prosper, even as they protect our environment. I thank the President for his leadership.”
June 25, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Today, Gov. Peter Shumlin called upon congressional leadershuip to take prompt action to keep higher education accessible.
“I urge congressional leaders to find a compromise that prevents interest rates on the Stafford student loan program from doubling on July 1, so that higher education costs don’t climb out of reach of American students and their families. The federal loan program is named after the late U.S. Sen. Robert T. Stafford, a Vermont Republican, who understood the value of an affordable college degree. In Vermont, we have recognized that tuition increases and the doubling of loan rates are not sustainable, and the state Legislature – with the support of my administration – has taken proactive steps to hold the line on the cost of higher education while making access to college courses easier and more affordable for high school students. We are doing our part, and Vermont’s congressional delegation has also worked to prevent this steep jump in federal loan rates. Now it is time for Congress to act.
June 24, 2013 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today applauded the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 24th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which evaluates childhood wellness in all fifty states. Vermont has improved its overall ranking in each of the past three years, and now enjoys the second-best ranking in the nation, up from third overall in 2012.