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March 30, 2015

Proposed Shooting Range Rules Only for F&W Ranges

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for the shooting range it owns at Hammond Cove in Hartland and any others it may open in the future. The proposed rules would not apply to any other shooting ranges. Read more

March 30, 2015

Winter Manure Spreading Ban Ends on April 1; Farmers Are Urged to Assess Carefully Before Proceeding

April 1st is the end of the Winter Manure Spreading Ban imposed by the Accepted Agricultural Practice Regulations (AAPs). But the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is reminding farmers that they should carefully assess their individual situation to make sure they do not violate the AAPs if they choose to spread manure at this time. Read more

March 30, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Announces Strategy to End Family Homelessness by 2020

BURLINGTON - March 30, 2015 – With  over 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters,  Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen today announced a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020.  The Governor and Secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars to rehabilitate and increase the number affordable housing units in Chittenden County, helping to relieve a shortage that affects all of those who face homelessness. read moreRead more

March 30, 2015

It's Time to Remove Bird Feeders

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 through November 30 to avoid attracting black bears that will be coming out of their winter dens to seek an early spring meal. Read more

March 27, 2015

A Vermont Full of Promise

Last I week I visited with young professionals along the western side of Vermont in Rutland, St. Albans, and Middlebury. At every stop, I was inspired to see so many committed to living, working, and building strong communities in Vermont. Some hailed from outside Vermont, attracted to our state by its natural beauty, outdoor activities, and culture. Others were raised here, went away for college, but moved back because they realized Vermont is the place where they want to raise their own kids. Regardless of how they got here, we should thank them for the success they have brought to our state and do more to attract others like them to settle here. read moreRead more

March 27, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Statement on Unemployment Rate Dropping to Lowest Point in 8 Years

MONTPELIER - March 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after news that the unemployment rate in Vermont dropped to 3.9 percent, the lowest point since May 2007.   “This is positive news for Vermont’s economy,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “Combined with the revised jobs numbers released last month, which showed an increase of 3,400 jobs in 2014, Vermont’s economy continues its recovery and is moving in the right direction. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure Vermont’s economy works for every single Vermonter. That is why we are focused on tackling rising health care and property tax costs, two of the biggest lags on wage growth for middle class Vermonters.” read moreRead more

March 27, 2015

Op-Ed: Plan Today for Tomorrow's Flood

The days are getting longer and warmer, the snow is melting and soon we will have April showers -- all signs that spring is on the way. But ice jams, snow melt and showers also raise the level of our streams and rivers. Our thoughts turn to the risk of flooding and the damage that may result. Read more

March 26, 2015

Dept. of Housing, Community Development Seeks Recommendations to Reduce Flooding and Protect Businesses in Brandon

Before the next big storm hits, Brandon businesses and residents are invited to attend a community forum to discuss ways the town can recover quickly from devastating floods and remain open for business. Read more

March 26, 2015

Gov. Shumlin, Speaker Smith, Rep. Krowinski Call for Child Savings Accounts

MONTPELIER - March 26, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, Rep. Jill Krowinski, the president of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and other supporters today called for the creation of child savings accounts to give every child born in Vermont a head start on saving for higher education and boost the number of Vermont kids who move beyond high school. read moreRead more

March 26, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Announces Staff Changes

MONTPELIER - March 26, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that his Chief of Staff Liz Miller will leave state government at the end of the legislative session. The Governor has tapped Darren Springer, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS), to serve as his next Chief of Staff. read moreRead more

March 26, 2015

2015 County Health Rankings Detail Health Inequities Among Vermonters

Vermonters are not equally healthy, as detailed again this year in the 2015 County Health Rankings released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more

March 25, 2015

Draft Kingdom Heritage Lands Recreation Management Updates for Public Review

Updated proposals for managing hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding across much of the Kingdom Heritage Lands of northeastern Vermont will be available for public comment online and in a public meeting on April 9, 2015. Read more

March 25, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Responds to Majority Leader McConnell’s Letter on EPA Clean Power Plan

MONTPELIER - March 25, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today responded to a letter sent by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the nation’s governors to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. Gov. Shumlin’s response is attached to this email and copied below. read moreRead more

March 25, 2015

Public Invited to Comment on Proposed State Shooting Range Rules

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for its public shooting ranges to address potential noise, safety and usage issues with a goal of developing more ranges for members of the public to safely hone their shooting skills. Read more

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