Vermont news in Brief

Tuesday June 18, 2013

Vt. state employees’ union reinstates chief

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The union representing Vermont state workers on Monday reversed a vote its board took last week to fire its executive director, placing him instead on paid leave while an investigation is done.

The Vermont State Employees Association board voted last Wednesday to dismiss executive director Mark Mitchell. But union President John Reese and others objected, and the board had another emergency session on Monday.

The union said in a statement that at that session, the board voted to reverse the firing, and instead launch an investigation that is expected to be wrapped up within a month.

"After lengthy debate and review of the facts before them, the Board voted this afternoon to reverse its initial decision and reinstate Mitchell," the union said in a statement.

"Today’s action by the VSEA Board of Trustees demonstrates this body’s commitment to take the steps necessary to uphold VSEA’s values and to ensure the continued trust and confidence of our rank-and-file membership as we move forward together," the statement said.

Shumlin signs energy efficiency bills in Vt.

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed three bills that promote energy efficiency and clean energy for homes, farms and businesses.

The legislation signed Monday creates new financing programs for residential and commercial sectors. It allows the Vermont Economic Development Authority to borrow up to $10 million from the state Treasury to establish the loan programs and a new energy efficiency loan guarantee program.

The bill also provides $6.5 million for residential efficiency loans through a program run by Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

The loan programs leverage capital through a public-private partnership to help businesses save energy.

A thermal efficiency law makes improvements to state building energy standards.


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