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Vermont Mayors, Housing Leaders Support Governor’s $35 Million Housing Revenue Bond

The Vermont Mayors Coalition today announced strong support for Governor Phil Scott’s $35 million Housing Revenue Bond, which is currently under consideration by the legislature

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT’S OFFICE ON OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE MILLIONS IN PROPERTY TAX...

Governor Phil Scott’s Communications Director Rebecca Kelley today issued the following statement in response to the Vermont National Education Association’s (NEA) opposition to an opportunity to provide Vermonters millions in property tax relief without reducing teacher benefits

Welch, Barletta, King, McGovern Rally Bipartisan Support for Full Funding of Heating Assistance Program...

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-VT), Rep. Peter King (NY-02), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) announced they have rallied a bipartisan coalition to fight for full funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee penned by the lawmakers, 164 Members expressed the critical importance of this safety net program to struggling families

ALTHOUGH GOV. SHUMLIN IS LEAVING OFFICE, ENERGY REVOLUTION TO CONTINUE IN 2017

Gov. Peter Shumlin today highlighted the success of an energy loan program that helps Vermonters retrofit their homes, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and save money. The Governor pointed to the program as an example of what is to come under a new law set to go into effect in January that will expand such energy and cost saving efforts.

Most Vermont Households to See Higher LIHEAP Benefit This Year

Gov. Peter Shumlin, AHS Secretary Hal Cohen, and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz announced today announced that the average Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefit will increase for most Vermont households this year. Last winter the average benefit was $699; That will rise to $865 this year

MOST VERMONT HOUSEHOLDS TO SEE HIGHER LIHEAP BENEFIT THIS YEAR

Gov. Peter Shumlin, AHS Secretary Hal Cohen, and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz announced today announced that the average Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefit will increase for most Vermont households this year. Last winter the average benefit was $699; That will rise to $865 this year

VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants Total $3.5m in 2016

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is awarding $3.5 million in construction and planning grants for municipalities to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Cities...
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Local Grass-Fed Beef Business Doubles Acreage through Conservation

Cheryl and Marc Cesario, farmers of Meeting Place Pastures, purchased 90 acres from their neighbor, Matt Bonner, who had conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust in order to make it more affordable to the Cesarios.

Leahy Hosts U.S. HUD Secretary Castro To Announce Vermont One Of First States In...

Underscoring Vermont’s success in leveraging federal resources and partnerships to improve access to affordable housing in Vermont’s rural communities, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday hosted a public roundtable discussion with community leaders and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro

More State Funds to Weatherize Homes of Low-Income Vermonters

Vermont's Weatherization Program helps low-income homeowners and renters to reduce their energy usage, lower their utility bills, and improve the overall comfort and safety of their homes. Priority is given to people getting Fuel Assistance, high energy use homes, families with young children, older Vermonters and people with disabilities

GOVERNOR SHUMLIN AND COMMISSIONER RECCHIA ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER ELECTRIC RATES

Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) Commissioner Chris Recchia announced today that the PSD has reached an agreement with Green Mountain Power (GMP) that, pending Public Service Board approval, will result in a 0.93% rate increase for GMP customers in the coming year. The new electric rates are due to take effect on October 1, 2016. The increase is just below the current 1% US rate of inflation. For the previous three out of four years, GMP customers’ bills had decreased. This year, base rates will decrease .03% but overall rates will modestly increase by .93% due to an increase in power supply costs.

Secretary of State Jim Condos Urges Vermonters to Register and Vote

Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind all Vermonters that the deadline to register to vote in the August 9th Statewide Primary is Wednesday, August 3rd. "Voting is the very basis of our democracy," said Secretary Condos, "I encourage everyone to get out and participate in Vermont's Primary on August 9th."

GOVERNOR SHUMLIN SIGNS RENEWABLE ENERGY SITING BILL INTO LAW

Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.

WATER TESTING NEAR ESSEX AND WINOOSKI SITES TEST CLEAN FOR PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin released today preliminary test results from private water supplies surrounding two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski.  All samples showed no presence of the potentially harmful chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS SOUTH OF BENNINGTON LANDFILL POSITIVE FOR PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin today released drinking water test results for PFOA from a new area of testing south of the Bennington Landfill. Of the 40 wells, three had no detection of PFOA, three had below 20 parts per trillion, and 34 had detections above 20 parts per trillion. The highest detection in was 201 ppt. Vermont's health advisory level for drinking water is 20 parts per trillion. The majority of the new results were from residences with private wells.

GOV. SHUMLIN ANNOUNCES PITTSFORD FIRE ACADEMY AREA TESTS CLEAN FOR PFOA

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today new results from five water samples collected near the Pittsford Fire Academy. The results were received as part of the first batch of testing in the State’s effort to proactively investigate 11 additional sites statewide where perfluorocarbons may have been used

Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces Preliminary Agreement with Property Owner to Redevelop Burlington Town Center...

Redevelopment would create and preserve hundreds of downtown jobs and homes and completely rebuild and modernize mall’s downtown retail; Agreement commits owner to restoring public streets lost during Urban Renewal, paying construction workers livable wages, developing more than 50 permanently affordable home

GOV. SHUMLIN HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS IN REDUCING HOMELESSNESS AND RE-CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO ENDING FAMILY HOMELESSNESS...

A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a 28 percent decline in homelessness in the last year and issued a new Executive Order to increase access to affordable housing. The Order calls for owners of housing that receive state funds to make available at least 15 percent of their portfolio of housing units to Vermonters experiencing homelessness.

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STUDY SHOWS RECESSION MAKES VERMONT’S HOUSING PROBLEMS HARDER TO SOLVE

MONTPELIER, VT - April 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier, according to a new report released today.

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Vermont Mayors, Housing Leaders Support Governor’s $35 Million Housing Revenue Bond

The Vermont Mayors Coalition today announced strong support for Governor Phil Scott’s $35 million Housing Revenue Bond, which is currently under consideration by the legislature