Gov. Peter Shumlin says he heard clearly in this fall's elections that Vermonters want more from him and more from the state.
Shumlin's comment in a prepared draft of his inaugural speech followed his election by the Legislature, which settled the race for governor after Shumlin won a plurality - but not a majority - in November.
Shumlin says he wants to devote his third two-year term to expanding the economy, reducing school spending while improving quality, promoting clean energy and cleaning up Vermont's lakes and streams.
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Shumlin also vowed to continue working to control health care costs, while more than 100 supporters of the single-payer health care plan Shumlin abandoned last month chanted in the Statehouse corridors.