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New England News
6:10 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Governor To Kick Off Vt. Health Connect Forums

Credit Courtesy VT Governor's Office

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.

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New England News
7:16 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Vt. Gov Says Marijuana Will Be Legal Some Day

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

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New England News
5:54 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Vt. Officials Announce Expanded Free Meal Program

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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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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Vermont Governor Talks About Historic Storm

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

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New England News
7:25 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Shumlin Urges IBM To Go Public With Layoff Numbers

Credit Courtesy VT Governor's Office

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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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Vermont Governor Signs First Legislatively Approved Death With Dignity Law

Governor Peter Shumlin signs S-77 End of Life Choices bill
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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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North Country News
9:45 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont Governor Shumlin Signs Pension Reform Bill into Law

Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

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.

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New England News
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher

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.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont Emergency Heating Money Runs Out

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.

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North Country News
10:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vermont Wind Debate Might Come Before Recommendation

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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