WASHINGTON DC - January 28, 2015 – Testifying before a U.S. Senate Committee today, Gov. Peter Shumlin urged Congress to act quickly to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund so Vermont and other states can get to work repairing crumbling infrastructure. The Governor warned that in Vermont, projects relying on federal money need to go out to bid next month in order to begin construction in the spring. Failure of Congress to act could put at risk those badly needed projects and the jobs that go with them.
MONTPELIER - January 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) Ron Shems has decided to step down after four years on the Board. He will be replaced Jon Groveman, currently the general counsel for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR).
MONTPELIER — January 26, 2015 - Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) crews are preparing for being on the receiving end of at least a portion of the storm effecting the northeast over the next few days, Gov. Peter Shumlin and VTrans officials announced Monday evening. Crews will begin deploying overnight as needed, with the full complement of 250 plow trucks deployed, beginning at 4:00 AM as conditions warrant, for the morning commute. Motorists are encouraged to do their part by giving the trucks plenty of room to work and driving at appropriate speeds for conditions.
WATERBURY, Vt. – January 26, 2015 - Vermont is prepared for a significant snowstorm affecting the northeast that could dump more than a foot of snow on southern counties, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today. The snow will start Monday afternoon and the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight Monday into Tuesday.
MONTPELIER - January 23, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin has made a formal request for federal disaster relief to help 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties pay for repairs to the power grid and other public infrastructure damaged in a severe winter storm last month. Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties have shown damages that meet federal standards to qualify for a Public Assistance disaster declaration.
BURLINGTON - January 21, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin joined with Department of Health officials, substance abuse prevention providers, and community groups to announce that binge drinking, marijuana use, and prescription pain reliever misuse dropped among young adult Vermonters between 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, according to the latest report of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). While the Governor welcomed the good news, he cautioned that much work remains and outlined steps the state is taking to continue progress in the battle against drug and opiate addiction in Vermont.
MONTPELIER - January 20, 2015 – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the statement below following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
MONTPELIER - January 20, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the resignation of Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) Commissioner Mark Larson, who will be stepping down in March after helping transition his deputy Lori Collins to Interim Commissioner. A search for a permanent replacement is underway.
MONTPELIER – January 16, 2015 – The proposal laid out by Gov. Peter Shumlin to address the Medicaid cost shift and lower insurance premium rates for Vermont businesses and individuals closely mirrors tri-partisan legislation introduced in 2012, with an important difference.