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Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s “absolutely confident” that technical problems with Vermont’s health care exchange will be fixed in the next few weeks. 

The governor said he is developing a contingency plan, but he said it’s much too early to focus on this proposal.

At an afternoon news conference in Montpelier, reporters peppered Shumlin with questions about the technical problems affecting Vermont Health Connect. For instance, you can select a plan at the website but you can’t make a payment online and a number of people have had trouble logging on to the website.

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More than 500 high-school girls converged on Vermont Technical College in Randolph Thursday to get real-world experience in male-dominated fields such as firefighting, welding, construction, and auto mechanics.

The event, Women Can Do, is in its 15th year this year and grew by about 100 participants. Tiffany Bluemle, executive director of Vermont Works for Women, the non-profit that puts on the event, said the point is to show young Vermont women a part of the workforce that women typically aren’t in.

Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about the implications of a lingering government shutdown on Vermonters as Maj. Gen. Steve Cray looked on.
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Governor Peter Shumlin and a group of top administration officials say Vermont has the funds to keep vital assistance programs running through the month, but the federal shutdown could mean big trouble if it lasts another week.

Jeb Spaulding, Secretary of Administration, said the state scrambled to get payment up front from as many federal agencies as possible as the shutdown drew near.

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Tues 9/17/13 Noon & 7PM  Governor Peter Shumlin leaves this week for a trip to promote the Northeast Kingdom Economic Initiative to potential investors in China and Vietnam. We get an update on the project and the trip.

We also discuss other issues facing the state, including the upcoming launch of Vermont’s Health Connect insurance exchange and life after the closing of Vermont Yankee.

Governor Peter Shumlin is on his way back to Vermont after a weekend of policy discussion with his counterparts in New England and eastern Canada.

The annual meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, hosted this year in Quebec, allows the region’s leaders to coordinate their approaches to various regional issues. This year, the organization churned out six resolutions (PDF), mostly hinging on energy and transportation infrastructure.

Governor Peter Shumlin says it might be possible to funnel the power through Vermont without building large new transmission lines.

Shumlin says the discussion of future energy sources was a key topic at this weekend’s annual meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian premiers.

Vermont currently gets about a third of its electrical power from Hydro Quebec and this share could increase in the future if the state acts as a conduit to bring additional power from Quebec to the states of southern New England.

Lawyers for Gov. Peter Shumlin and his neighbor have worked out an agreement to unwind a controversial land deal that threatened to become a political liability.

The neighbor will get his land back while Shumlin will be repaid about $30,000.

The land deal drew attention earlier this summer when Jeremy Dodge and his family complained that the governor took advantage of him.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he isn't thinking much about a 2014 campaign for re-election, but is squaring up accounts from old campaigns.

At a news conference Monday, Shumlin said he's spending too much job doing the governor's job to worry yet about running for it. Meanwhile, in Montpelier, his campaign filed a finance report showing he would have a big head start over any challenger.

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A lawyer with connections to state and national Republicans has stepped in to represent a man who says Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin took advantage of him in a land deal.

Brady Toensing is a lawyer who practices in Washington, D.C. and lives in Charlotte.

Toensing said he was retained to represent Jeremy Dodge, Shumlin’s neighbor in East Montpelier. Shumlin bought Dodge’s 16 acre property for about a quarter of its assessed value days before it was scheduled to be sold last November at a town tax auction.

Progressives May Run Against Shumlin in 2014

Jun 11, 2013

In 2010, the Progressives supported Democratic candidate Peter Shumlin because he embraced three of their core issues:

  • The creation of a single payer health care system.
  • Closing down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
  • Same sex marriage.

But the Progressives’ enthusiasm for Shumlin took a big hit in the recent legislative session.

Retired bus driver Rodger Brassard, of Burlington, says he didn't know he had more than $5,000 coming from his late mother's life insurance policy. But he’s managed to find plenty of uses for the money — including a visit to his daughter in Alaska.

Brassard was a beneficiary not only of the life insurance policy, but also of an effort by Vermont and other states to press life insurance companies to find survivors of policyholders and make sure they get paid.

Governor Peter Shumlin is defending a controversial land deal in which he acquired his neighbor’s property for less than a half of its assessed value.

The governor said he was trying to help a neighbor who was in financial and legal trouble. And Shumlin said he reached out to his neighbor again this week and promised to improve the deal.

Dogged by headlines over the land deal, the governor spent the afternoon after a tour of flood ravaged northwest Vermont doing damage control with the media.

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Mon 5/20/13 Noon & 7 pm  After laying out his priorities in January, Governor Peter Shumlin saw some of his agenda items approved by the State Legislature and others given scant attention. We speak with Governor about how he assesses the just-completed session – where he thinks he succeeded and where he thinks he failed. And what he hopes to accomplish in the second year of the biennium.

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Governor Peter Shumlin says the state wants to ease parking problems in Montpelier by encouraging people to take public transportation or share rides in a carpool.

Shumlin says the effort to get state workers to drive less includes discounted fares for buses coming to the capital.

Some AT&T cellphone customers in Putney could see their service restored after it was inadvertently cut during an upgrade in the southeastern Vermont community.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, who lives in Putney, says AT&T told him the Putney service for some customers was lost when the company ended a roaming agreement with Verizon for 2G service because it had completed work on its own towers that offered 3G and 4G capacity.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the switchover caused some 2G customers to lose service on April 19.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to be picking up trash along Interstate 89 in Middlesex to promote Green Up Day.

Saturday marks the annual Green Up Day, in which people across the state help pick up roadside litter that has accumulated over the year.

Shumlin will join Agency of Transportation workers on Friday as they pick up trash on Interstate 89 south.

Green Up Day has been a Vermont tradition since 1970.

Each town organizes its own Green Up activities.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is sticking to his guns in the face of inaction in Washington to address gun violence, saying Vermont needs no changes in its firearms laws.

Shumlin reiterated earlier comments that Vermont does not need background checks for gun buyers, limits on assault weapons or the sizes of ammunition clips. He earlier had said those issues should be addressed on a national basis by Congress.

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Governor Peter Shumlin is not backing down from his position on gun control, even as momentum in Washington for universal background checks seems to have run out of steam.

Shumlin continues to call for a 50-state solution.

Last week, the U.S. Senate defeated the Obama administration’s gun-control proposals.

House lawmakers continue to consider a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods sold at stores in Vermont, and co-ops and student groups gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to show their support for the measure. But it appears the bill is unlikely to pass this session.

Shumlin, Lawmakers Split On EITC Proposal

Apr 16, 2013

A new report analyzing Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan to take money from a low-income tax credit program to finance an expansion of child care services has set off a fierce debate over this issue.  And both sides are using a different set of facts to make their case.

Is Vermont’s low-income tax credit program one of the most generous in the country or do benefits from the program lag far behind most other states?   Those are some of the questions raised in a new report issued by the Public Assets Institute.