APRIL 18 - MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin said today that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will reimburse the state for $4 million in Irene-related expenses for work performed by National Guard units. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) successfully appealed a decision of the FHWA that would have made those expenses ineligible for reimbursement under the Emergency Relief program. FHWA is now allowing eligible emergency repair work performed by the National Guard to be reimbursed under the relief program when such work is not otherwise funded by another federal government agency.
APRIL 10 - WATERBURY – Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by Green Up Vermont officials to announce the Green Up to Recover Initiative to renew volunteer efforts to help the state recover from the damage left by Tropical Storm Irene, being kicked off on Green Up Day. This year the annual clean-up event scheduled for May 5 will target the increased trash left by Irene's floodwaters as well as other recovery projects in hard hit areas. In addition, the Governor announced the generous $25,000 donation from Ernie Boch Jr., CEO of Boch Enterprises, to help with Green Up to Recover efforts across the state.
APRIL 9 - WILLISTON – Three out of four (75 percent) Vermonters say they are interested in using “an online health insurance exchange” to compare and purchase health insurance, according to a Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) survey. After learning more about the “online health insurance exchange,” that number grows to 86 percent who say they would be interested in using the website if they are uninsured in 2014.
APRIL 9 - BURLINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Department of Public Service today hosted a Vermont Clean Energy Investment Summit.
Notice of a Public Hearing and Public Listening Sessions on Benefit Design in the New Green Mountain Care Single Payer System
APRIL 6 - MONTPELIER - This spring the Agency of Administration and the Green Mountain Care Board are seeking input from the public on the benefits to be included in the design of a single payer system for Vermont.
APRIL 5 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin was joined today by firefighters, store owners, ski area representatives and others in celebrating the sale of the 25,000th ‘I Am Vermont Strong’ license plate, marking the half-way mark in a campaign to sell enough plates to raise $1 million for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Money from the license plate sales is earmarked for Vermont families impacted by flooding in 2011, as well as the Vermont Foodbank. The Governor reminded Vermonters that the need for assistance following the devastating spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene remains strong.
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.