• Shumlin: Plant move will be unpunished
     | May 03,2013

    MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin says there will be no repercussions for two senior officials in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources involved in the rescue of the agency secretary’s houseplants in the midst of the Tropical Storm Irene disaster recovery.

    Shumlin on Thursday called the decision to have state game wardens move houseplants belonging to Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz from her flooded Waterbury office building to her home in Montpelier “not the best exercise in great judgment.”

    But he says both Markowitz and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, who told the wardens to move the plants, are doing good work.

    The Associated Press first reported the episode Monday. Shumlin said he learned of it while the AP was preparing the story.

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