APRIL 4 - MONTPELIER - Standing with members of Vermont’s mental health advocacy community, health care providers and legislators, Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law a bill strengthening Vermont’s mental health system, shifting care from an obsolete institution-based system to a more individual-focused, community-based focus.
APRIL 2 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin will welcome over 200 Vermont high school students and teachers to the State House on April 9 to participate in the launch of the Vermont Global Issues Network, VTGIN.
MARCH 28 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced two positive economic indicators: Vermont’s unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent for the first time since 2008; and the state leads the nation in per capita “Green Jobs,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement:
MARCH 21 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Legislators today announced an additional $5 million in spending to level and repair some of the most damaged stretches of State Highway this spring, bringing to about $11 million the total expenditure for leveling this construction season. The injection of cash into the leveling program will mean that a total of about 123 miles will be treated to provide a smoother ride for the travelling public.
MARCH 16 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today named Bonnie Johnson-Aten, principal at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington since 2006, to the State Board of Education, joining the 10 member board on March 20. Johnson-Aten, who lives in Montpelier, replaces Fayneese Miller of South Burlington, whose term on the board expired in February.
MONTPELIER - MARCH 16 - Tropical Storm Irene left unprecedented destruction in its path throughout Vermont this past August. 500 miles of road and 200 bridges were damaged, 13 communities were isolated due to impassable roads, up to 250 million dollars were spent to repair roads, over 7,200 individuals and families applied to FEMA aid, and 1,400 homes were temporarily or permanently displaced. But the real effect of this disaster is not about numbers. It’s about people. Starting Over Strong Vermont (SOS VT) is here to help.
MARCH 15 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin said today that the four proposals for locating state workers displaced by Tropical Storm Irene were too expensive for taxpayers, ranging from $108 million for a new building in Montpelier to $142 million for a significant overhaul of the Waterbury site. Therefore, the Governor and Legislative leaders are working together to finalize a plan that taxpayers can afford in these tough fiscal times.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont’s Congressional Delegation And FEMA Announce Major Flood Recovery Investments
MARCH 14 - NORTHFIELD – Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont’s Congressional delegation and FEMA officials today announced a $19.8 million investment to reduce the risk of property damage due to future flooding, and help homeowners and businesses whose properties are currently located in dangerous flood plains. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will enable communities to buy eligible properties damaged in 2011 and at serious risk of future flooding. The award list contains 72 projects, including the buy-out of 13 homes in Northfield. Those projects must now be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.