Peter Shumlin

Senate panel passes budget with 2 percent Medicaid reimbursements

Sen. Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, presides over the Senate Appropriations Committee's final budget writing while Jim Reardon, Commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management, looks on. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The panel agreed to require food stamp recipients to repay excess benefits mistakenly awarded by the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

Video + Story: School consolidation revived in governor’s new hometown

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Residents of the Montpelier and U-32 school districts meet with lawmakers to discuss their rocky merger history and chart a course for future.

Video: Shumlin announces two key job internship programs for Vermont youths

News Release — Governor’s Office April 24, 2014 MONTPELIER – With the state’s unemployment rate the second lowest in the nation, Gov. Peter Shumlin said today it’s key that Vermont’s high school and college students have access to and experience with some of the top employers, and exposure and training in the good-paying, in-demand jobs […]

Gov. Shumlin thanks Vermont’s 2014 Winter Olympians for ‘making your state proud’

Joined today by lawmakers and others who supported Vermont Olympians at the 2014 Winter Games in February, Gov. Peter Shumlin hosted five athletes in his State House Ceremonial Office and thanked all 19 Vermont Olympians for their strong performance in Sochi, Russia.

Vermont will be first state in nation to require GMO labeling

Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, is the lead sponsor of a bill to require manufacturers to label products containing GMOs.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he will sign Vermont’s GMO labeling bill into law. His announcement came just minutes after the House gave H.112 final legislative approval by a 114-30 vote.

Gov. Shumlin, DEMHS Director Flynn request preliminary damage assessment

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a damage assessment in areas of Vermont impacted by flooding from April 15-18.

Tom Pelham: Signs of excess

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Two recent events at the Statehouse point to the structural weakness of state government’s fiscal footing – self-inflicted weakness created and allowed to fester over recent years.

Vermont enacts first in the nation pension lending regulation

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the nation's first-ever pension lending regulation into law at the Statehouse Tuesday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Governor signs Vermont’s latest law that regulates, rather than bans, pension lending; he also unveils recommendations of Commission on Successful Aging.

Wallack weighs consulting job with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, says it won’t conflict with her work for Vermont

Anya Rader Wallack

Former head of Green Mountain Care Board currently oversees $45 million federal grant to lead state’s health care payment and delivery system.

David Schoales: Consolidation group-think

I and the rest of the Brattleboro Selectboard and administrative team had come to Montpelier to talk to our political leaders about municipal taxes, but all any of them wanted to talk about was the cost of education.

Analysis: Pass or fail, school consolidation a powder keg for lawmakers

Schoolchildren, educators and legislators look on as Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the FY 2014 budget bill at Milton Elementary School on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese

Bill calling for fewer supervisory districts has the support of Democratic leaders but some lawmakers are squeamish about taking a stand against “local control.”

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule for the week of April 21

News Release — Governor’s Office April 21, 2014 Monday, April 21 In Montpelier, no public appearances scheduled Tuesday, April 22 9:50 a.m.: Greet Rutland County Agricultural Society, Ceremonial Office, State House 10:00 a.m.: Greet Students from Richmond School Leadership Class, Ceremonial Office, State House 11:00 a.m.: Public Signing of S.223, Pension Lending Bill, and release […]

VTDigger/Castleton poll: 49 percent of Vermonters approve of governor’s job performance


Respondents gave the Vermont Legislature an approval rating of 44 percent.

In Profile: Lawrence Miller takes on health care reform

Secretary of Commerce & Community Development Lawrence Miller. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Miller likened Vermont’s first steps toward health care reform to the growth of a startup business.

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