Since Day 1, Governor Shumlin has been focused on making the lives of Vermonters more secure - growing jobs, investing in Vermont's infrastructure, enhancing Vermont's education system, reducing Vermont’s inmate population by focusing on substance abuse treatment, charting a cleaner energy future, and expanding access to health care while controlling costs. Five years later, the Governor has delivered on those promises.
Jobs and the Economy
Since Governor Shumlin came to office in January 2011, Vermont employers have added over 17,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has declined steadily. Today, Vermont has one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the highest minimum wages in America. And not only have per capita incomes grown every year since Governor Shumlin came to office, they have met or exceeded the national average during each year, something that has never happened before.
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Vermont Per Capita Personal Income ($)
Investing in Vermont's Infrastructure
Governor Shumlin has made investing in rebuilding Vermont's crumbling transportation infrastructure a priority. The Governor also promised to deliver broadband internet access to every corner of the state. Today, the percentage of roads in very poor condition has been cut by more than half. Additionally, 38,000 Vermonters who didn't have broadband in 2011 now do.
Roads Rated in 'Very Poor' Condition (%)
Vermonters lacking access or funded solution to broadband
Enhancing Vermont's Education System
Investments since 2011 in pre-k education have led to a 57 percent increase in enrollment in the run up to Vermont becoming the first state in America to provide universal pre-k to every three and four year old in 2016. Additionally, Vermonters working to afford a college education now have more help thanks to expanded dual enrollment and early college programs, which have seen an increase in enrollment of 150 percent since 2013. And because of Act 46, over half of all Vermont students are in communities that are either moving forward with or formally discussing ways to enhance education quality and address property tax concerns.
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Number of Vermont students in dual enrollment
School Governance Reform Activity (% Students)
Reducing Vermont's Inmate Population
The trend of rising incarceration rates in Vermont has been reversed and the state's inmate population its at it lowest point since the early 2000s, delivering on one of the major promises Governor Shumlin made when running for office. Additionally, Governor Shumlin has worked to confront Vermont's opiate addiction crisis by relying on treatment instead of jail. By investing in treatment, waiting lists for those seeking help have been reduced and the number of Vermonters in treatment has increased by 65 percent since 2014.
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Number of Vermonters in Treatment for opiate addiction
Charting a Cleaner, Greener Energy Future
Governor Shumlin set an ambitious goal to achieve 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, saying it would help combat global warming and create jobs. Today, Vermont has ten times the amount of solar installed or permitted than it did in 2010 and 20 times as much wind energy. The clean energy economy in Vermont now supports over 16,200 jobs. And investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency have helped reduce electric bills for Vermonters. The state now has the second lowest electricity rates in the Northeast.
Vermont Clean Energy Jobs (2015)
Solar Energy Installed or Permitted (Megawatts)
Regional Electric Rates (Cents per Kilowatthour)
Expanding Access to Health Care While Controlling Costs
Governor Shumlin came to office with the goals of expanding access to health care, reducing costs, and finding a way to publicly fund premiums. Although moving forward with public financing was not feasible, progress has been made on the other two fronts. Since 2010, Vermont has expanded health care to 19,000 individuals, and the state's uninsured rate is now tied for the lowest in America. Efforts to contain costs have also proved successful with the average rate of hospital budget growth at historic lows for each of the last three years.