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Inaugural Address (chanting and shouting edition)

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin’s agenda for the year includes job creation and proposals to clean up the state’s waterways. Shumlin took the oath of office Thursday afternoon and delivered an inaugural address that focused on cresting more green-energy jobs and pledged to take action to clean up Lake Champlain. “I heard clearly in the election this fall that Vermonters expect more from me and from the state to improve their lives,” Shumlin said. “From jobs to the environment, I have an agenda for progress that I will partner with you to fulfill in this term and beyond.”

Shumlin touted what he sees as positive steps taken in Vermont this year: the closing of Vermont Yankee, new legislation mandating early childhood education and the steps taken in the clinics and the courts to stem the tide of opiate addiction. Shumlin said his speech outlined the first part of what he called his “Agenda for Progress,” with the second part outlined during his budget address next week. Continue Reading →

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