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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's cautiously optimistic that in several weeks the state will have an agreement with the federal government for an "all-payer waiver" to change how health care providers are paid.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

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Vermont lawmakers have wrapped up their legislative session. Below is a transcript from Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin's End of Session Speech, delivered after midnight.

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Governor Peter Shumlin announced new administration appointments Thursday, noting that his two new cabinet secretaries are starting their jobs at a tough time for the state.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Associated Press has declared Gov. Peter Shumlin the winner of his party's primary, a result that was widely expected and clears the way for the Democrat to seek a third two-year term in November.

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Two economists advising Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont lawmakers say a national economic downturn in the first quarter of this year is likely to blame for softer-than-expected state revenues.

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The Republican businessman who hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin in November says he knows it's a long shot.

Vermont’s governor has signed a number of bills into law over the past week and a half, including measures on energy efficiency, the minimum wage and tasers.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is ordering the Department of Children and Families to do more to protect vulnerable children.

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The nation’s governors held their annual winter meeting Friday through Monday in Washington. A panel on C-SPAN featured a discussion on states’ efforts to combat prescription drug abuse, an issue that took the national stage when Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted January’s state of the state address to the problem.

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Governor Shumlin has appointed the husband of a late state senator to fill her seat.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin focused on a single issue during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon.

Vt. Gov.: Little Impact From Federal Health Change

Nov 15, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he thinks it's unlikely the decision by President Barack Obama to allow people to extend existing health insurance policies for a year will have much impact on Vermont.

The state had already decided to allow individuals and small businesses to extend their current health insurance plans through March 31.

Officials Assess Shutdown's Vt. Impact

Oct 8, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says it's time for Congress to stop hampering the state’s fragile economic recovery and find a responsible solution to what he calls a manufactured crisis.

Shumlin was joined by Vermont National Guard officials and others Monday to outline how the federal government shutdown is affecting state. They said an estimated 5,000 federal workers who live in Vermont are seeing reduced hours or furloughs, and a monthly National Guard training weekend affecting 3,000 troops was canceled.

Shumlin, Vt. Chamber To Kick Off Health Forums

Sep 18, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is to join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in kicking off a series of forums for small businesses to learn about the new health insurance exchange being created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A program today from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Montpelier's Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center will be geared to helping small businesses learn what they need to know as they prepare to shop in the Vermont Health Connect exchange for health insurance.

Governor To Kick Off Vt. Health Connect Forums

Sep 16, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is set this week to help kick off a series of forums for small businesses to learn about the new health insurance exchange being created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

A program Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Montpelier's Capitol Plaza hotel and conference center will be geared to helping small businesses learn what they need to know as they prepare to shop in the Vermont Health Connect exchange for health insurance.

Vt. Gov Says Marijuana Will Be Legal Some Day

Sep 12, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he thinks marijuana should be legalized in the state, but not right now.

He says he believes that legalizing and taxing marijuana is the direction the country is headed and "Vermont should be a part of that conversation."

But he says he's not willing to do that now.

Shumlin made the comments Wednesday after being asked about the topic during his weekly news conference.

Last month the U.S Justice Department said it would not sue to block laws in Colorado and Washington state that allow for recreational use of marijuana.

Vt. Officials Announce Expanded Free Meal Program

Sep 3, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca plan to announce a new initiative to make free, school-based breakfasts and lunches available to more low-income students.

The federal government provides funding for free or reduced-priced lunches depending on the income level of the student's family.

Legislation passed this year at Shumlin's request provides additional state funding to allow students who were getting reduced-price meals to get them for free.

The event is set for 11 a.m. at the Barre Town Elementary School.

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Two years ago, Tropical Storm Irene moved up the Atlantic coast, barging through Vermont on August 28th. Some areas of the state saw 11 inches of rain, and 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges were damaged or destroyed. Six people in the state died. Today, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about the historic storm and the status of the recovery.

Shumlin Urges IBM To Go Public With Layoff Numbers

Jul 18, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is urging IBM to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities.

And the governor says if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration will release the number whether IBM wants to or not.

IBM doesn't make layoff numbers public. It reported them to the state, but is telling Vermont officials the number is commercially sensitive and exempt from disclosure under the law.

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Supporters, and a few opponents, crowded into the Governor’s Ceremonial office on the second floor of the Vermont statehouse Monday afternoon to witness the signing of the landmark End-of-Life Choices bill into law.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order public employees to forfeit some, or all, of their pensions if they are convicted of certain financial crimes.

Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher

Mar 11, 2013

Vermont lawmakers return to work this week after their Town Meeting break with little indication the state's fiscal picture is getting any brighter.

Gov. Peter Shumlin hoped to raise $17 million for three key energy-related programs from a new tax on charitable betting tickets. But lawmakers say the tax won't raise more than a third that amount, and there's concern it'll hurt the nonprofits that use them to raise money.

Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont's emergency fuel assistance has run out of funds, and that he's looking for another $900,000 to get people in need through the next three weeks.

Vermont budgeted $2.8 million this year for emergency fuel assistance, which provides crisis funding for low-income Vermonters who otherwise might go cold in the winter. It comes in addition to $8.8 million in regular state funding for low-income home heating assistance and $19.5 million in federal funding.

Some Vermont legislators pushing for moratorium on wind power projects believe a pending recommendation from a commission created to review the sites won't come in time to influence debate on the bill.

The commission's deadline is April 30, with a draft report expected by the end of March.

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Advocates and beneficiaries say Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to cut a key welfare-to-work program, by limiting the amount of time people get benefits, will increase poverty and homelessness in Vermont.

Shumlin wants to put a three-year limit on the time someone can be getting public assistance while they try to go to school or get into the workforce. His plan would allow two later extensions of benefits to total five years over a person's lifetime.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has unveiled a plan to get more Vermont students into college and to produce more skilled workers.

The proposal would expand the dual enrollment program to allow more high school juniors and seniors to attend college classes, for free. Students would be able to attend up to two classes at the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont, and participating private institutions.

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Vermont Democrats are firing barbs at Republican leaders in the state House after GOP members of a House committee voted against a proposal to provide free school lunches for low-income students.

House Minority Leader Don Turner was among Republican members of the House Education Committee who voted against the free-lunch proposal in Governor Peter Shumlin's budget.

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The Shumlin Administration released its Health Care Reform Financing Plan late last week.  This week a group of advocates and Republican lawmakers criticized the report, saying it offered no real outline for financing the state’s proposed single payer health care system.

Benefit ban, Reach-up time limit get review

Jan 31, 2013
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This morning and afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee will take testimony on a plan by Shumlin to bar public employees convicted of financial crimes from having those crimes pad their pensions.

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