Shumlin administration

Shumlin administration to get a new head of economic development

The Shumlin administration will get a new head of economic development in April. Joan Goldstein, executive director of the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, will fill the slot, the governor’s office said in a statement on Thursday. At GMEDC, Goldstein diversified services in Windsor and Orange counties. She comes from a two-decade career in international […]

Report: Changes needed to meet renewable energy goals

The state aims to get 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050. But a new report says Vermont will fall short unless new policies are put in place.

Data visualization: Personal income receipts fall short again

General Fund shortfall grows to $18 million this fiscal year as personal income collections fall short of projections for the eighth month in a row. Administration says trend makes budget cuts all the more urgent.

State awards $2.6 million in health care reform grants

The Shumlin administration has announced $2.6 million in health care reform grants to seven organizations. The grants, revealed on Friday, will support initiatives to align doctor and hospital payments with quality outcomes, increase coordination within the health care system and create an interoperable electronic medical records system to support the sharing of patient information across organizations. […]

Randy Brock: Out of the frying pan

CGI’s designated successor, OptumInsight, hired under yet another no-bid contract, is a company whose dubious origins raise great concerns.

Administration seeks FY 2014 funding to mitigate economic impact from Vermont Yankee closing

Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller gave lawmakers only a general preview of the administration’s spending proposal on Tuesday, and he didn’t cite specific dollar figures.

Legislators question administration’s numbers on operating costs for Vermont Health Connect

“When you look at this compared to other states we are at the low end,” said Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.

Curtis: Haste lays waste

One of the interesting questions swirling around the whole debate is how the administration came to its conclusion that its proposed policy is warranted. … The burden is on the administration to prove its case, but it has utterly failed to do so.

State auditor clashes with administration, towns on tax financing program

The auditor doesn’t support the Shumlin administration’s $6 million amnesty for towns that owe money to the state.

Bill establishing social media privacy protections tabled for further study

The decision comes after pressure from law enforcement and the Shumlin administration to delay passage of a bill this year.

A Q&A with chief of staff appointee Elizabeth Miller

The way that I think of the chief of staff role is to carry out Gov. Shumlin’s initiatives and missions across departments and agencies from a policy point of view.

Spaulding: Waterbury State Office Complex on track “no matter what we get” from FEMA

A spreadsheet passed out to legislators during the briefing showed a $120 million gap between state revenues and estimated construction costs.

FEMA says Vermont State Hospital and other Waterbury buildings were not destroyed

The state will not receive the 90 percent public assistance match it sought to rebuild the new state psychiatric hospital in Berlin and other facilities.

Rebuffing the opacity charge

Spaulding crashes Brock presser, spars with GOP candidate over “transparency.”

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