December 14, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
“I was shocked and sickened to hear about this morning's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. My office has spoken with Vermont State Police and the Vermont Principals Association, who report that principals and staff are especially vigilant in the aftermath of this morning's tragedy. Parents and students should know that nearly all Vermont schools have emergency plans and security in place. Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca has also asked all schools to review their safety plans to ensure they are current. As a parent, I am heartbroken by this tragedy, and my heart and thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims in Connecticut.”
December 12, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“Bill’s departure from the Senate is a loss to Rutland County and the state at large. He’s worked hard on critical issues, including economic development, housing and fighting substance abuse, and helped guide consensus on issues as Majority Leader in the Senate. As the owner of Carris Reels, Bill also brought an important business perspective to discussions on virtually every issue.”
December 11, 2012 - MONTPELIER - For the fourth year in a row, Vermont ranked No. 1 as the nation’s healthiest state in a study by the United Health Foundation, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen announced today. Among the top indicators, the state has the lowest rate of infectious disease, as well as the second lowest rates of violent crime, low birthweight babies, and premature deaths. High school graduation rates in Vermont are second highest in the country.
December 12, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Governor Shumlin announced the following appointments:
Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission:
REAPPOINTED: Dennis Devereux, Mount Holly
REAPPOINTED: Rolf Diamant, Woodstock
REAPPOINTED: Howard Coffin, Montpelier
REAPPOINTED: Jane Williamson, Burlington
December 6, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that he will host a free-to-the-public Inaugural Open House at the State House on Jan. 10, dedicating the event to fundraising efforts to help Vermont victims of Tropical Storm Irene. The Governor will greet the public in the House Chamber beginning at 4:30 p.m., and music and light refreshments will be provided.
December 6, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Louis Porter, currently a water quality advocate at Conservation Law Foundation and formerly a reporter and bureau chief for the Vermont Press Bureau, will take over the post of Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, spearheading the administration’s agenda at the Vermont State House and legislative relations. Porter will succeed Alex MacLean, who is stepping down from the Secretary’s position next year to pursue opportunities in the private sector. MacLean will retain the title of Deputy Chief of Staff in the interim.
December 5, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Hewlett-Packard today announced an agreement to terminate for mutual convenience the contract to modernize the computer system of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.
November 30, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing this morning of Rep. Greg Clark, and my heart goes out to his wife, Eileen, and their children. Greg always put the needs of his constituents first in his State House work, and was committed to improving schools for Vermont’s children as a teacher and member of the House Education Committee. More than anything, I will miss Greg’s smile, his sense of humor and his friendship at the State House.”
November 19, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin today appointed Norwich attorney Kevin Griffin to serve as a Superior Court judge to be assigned to Chittenden county.
Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a series of changes within his administration for his second term.
The changes are: