Peter Shumlin

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In a stunning policy reversal, Gov. Peter Shumlin is dropping his plan to tighten Medicaid eligibility rules for pregnant women.

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Peter Shumlin is in his final year as governor. And there are many key issues facing the Legislature during this biennium.

We talk to the governor about how to pay for a growing Medicaid budget, the future of the Act 46 spending caps, and the siting of renewable energy projects. And we discuss what he outlined in his budget address.

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Lawmakers on both the left and right found things to criticize in Gov. Shumlin's budget address. They focused both on the math used to build the budget, and some of the specific spending proposals.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his sixth and final budget proposal to the Legislature Thursday afternoon. The plan calls for a 3 percent increase in spending and raises roughly $30 million in new taxes.

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It's been a full week in Vermont politics.  We've seen a lot in just a few days: from the legislative kickoff and Governor Shumlin's State of the State address, to the suspension of Senator McAllister and Donald Trump coming to Burlington. We're talking about this week's events and implications with a lineup of top political reporters.

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Governor Peter Shumlin delivered his State of the State address this afternoon at the Statehouse.

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The following is the full text of Gov. Peter Shumlin's State of the State address, delivered at the Vermont Statehouse, Jan. 7, 2016. 

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Tuesday, the 2016 Legislative session kicks off in Montpelier. There's usually a lot more activity in the few first weeks of the second year of the biennium. That's because House and Senate committees aren't starting from scratch and they have dozens of bills to review that were introduced during the first year.

Gov. Peter Shumlin isn’t offering any sneak previews of his budget address next month. But the third-term governor says the fiscal shortfalls lawmakers face in 2016 aren’t as bad as in previous years.

“What I can tell you is that of all of the budgets I’ve balanced so far, it’s worth mentioning that this one is the least challenging,” Shumlin says.

The governor said that as revenue continues to rebound from the Great Recession, solving the state’s budget woes has become much easier.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has launched a new website highlight his record during his three terms in office.

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On this final day of 2015 we're taking a look back at some of the year's most significant news stories, some of which will no doubt influence events in 2016.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says he won't ask the Legislature to raise taxes to pay for an expansion of the Medicaid program.

Vermont has a new first lady after Gov. Peter Shumlin married his longtime partner Katie Hunt Tuesday evening in a small, private ceremony at the East Montpelier home the couple shares.

The 59-year-old Shumlin announced his engagement to Hunt, 31, in September, several weeks after the proposal took place. At the time the governor said the two planned to get married within the next year.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and his administration’s top environmental official are in Paris for international climate talks. But even with an ocean between Shumlin and his constituency, opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County found a way to interject.

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One of the state’s largest employers is about to undergo a major change in ownership. Keurig Green Mountain, the Waterbury-based coffee company that employs more than 600 people statewide, is to be bought by an investor group for $13.9 billion. But state officials say they’re confident that Vermont workers will keep their jobs.

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Vermont’s governor says recent mass shootings have not altered his stance on gun control. And Peter Shumlin says the events in San Bernardino, California, have only cemented his opposition to state-based restrictions on gun ownership.

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The number of children taken into state custody has jumped by 40 percent over the past two years. The increase has overwhelmed the child-welfare system, and the Shumlin administration is now calling for substantial new investments in state and county personnel.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says lawmakers have a responsibility to make changes to the state's new school budget spending caps in the first weeks of the 2016 session.

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Since the early 1980s, Vermont has welcomed more than 7,000 refugees fleeing humanitarian crises in their home countries. On Tuesday, some of the newest arrivals got a special visit from Gov. Peter Shumlin, who used their English class as the backdrop for his latest volley in the battle over immigration policy.

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The first independent, external audit of Vermont Health Connect has arrived, and Virginia-based auditing firm says the state is out of compliance with federal regulations for state health insurance exchanges.

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