NOVEMBER 29 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that Vermont has received $18 million in federal funds to design and implement the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, a critical step toward health care reform that will hold down skyrocketing costs for Vermont families and businesses. The Exchange will be the foundation for Green Mountain Care, Vermont’s future single payer plan.
NOVEMBER 28 - BRATTLEBORO – When Tropical Storm Irene came barreling up the East Coast in August, the managing director of the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro, Michelle Meima, was in Washington, DC.
Nov. 23, 2011 -- The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today made holiday travel a little easier for some as it reopened Route 106 through Weathersfield, which had been closed since Tropical Storm Irene struck nearly three months ago.
Nov. 23, 2011 -- The Agency of Administration is hosting four listening sessions across Vermont to help inform the design of future health care reform financing plans.
NOVEMBER 18 - MONTPELIER – The day after Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state road and some 200 bridges, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) quickly learned that its usual method of conveying information about road and bridge closures via the Internet was not going to be adequate. A new tool was needed, and it was needed fast.
NOVEMBER 16 - CALIFORNIA - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin received the 2011 Green Governor of the Year Award at the Opportunity Green business conference at Los Angeles Center Studios. The award was founded by Beautiful Earth Group, a sustainable energy facilities and products developer, and is presented each year by its CEO, Lex Heslin. Following the award, the Governor met with local clean tech business leaders and California State Governor Jerry Brown.
NOVEMBER 14 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today applauded news from Washington that Congress is poised to remove a cap on federal road and bridge assistance, likely ensuring up to $250 million in aid for repairing Vermont’s state transportation infrastructure damaged in Tropical Storm Irene. The measure also provides more than $1.6 billion to the Federal Highway Administration emergency fund to guarantee funds are available.
NOVEMBER 14 - BURLINGTON –Tuesday is the last day for Vermonters who experienced damage or losses as the result of Tropical Storm Irene to register for federal disaster assistance.
NOVEMBER 11 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spearheaded a bipartisan call on Congress from 15 Governors to urge level-funding for LIHEAP, the low-income home heating program that faces up to a 50 percent reduction in Washington.
NOVEMBER 11 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement: