# # # As Vermont students returned to campus this week, Rep. Peter Welch held a roundtable Wednesday morning to discuss college affordability and gather input about pending legislation that could revamp the nation’s financial aid system.Welch was joined at the roundtable, which was held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, by students and higher education officials from throughout Vermont. The group focused its discussion on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), which passed the House Education and Labor Committee this summer and which is expected to come to a vote in the House this fall.“Throughout Vermont, students and parents are struggling to afford college. While federal financial aid programs help many Vermonters pay their tuition bills, many more still cannot afford this most important investment,” Welch said. “As Congress weighs this comprehensive legislation, it is important for me to hear Vermonters’ feedback to ensure that we pass a bill that expands access and improves affordability.”H.R. 3221 is broad-ranging legislation that would increase the maximum size of Pell Grants, expand access to Perkins Loans, convert all new federal student lending to direct loans, create a new Community College Grant Program and simplify federal student loan applications.Participants in Welch’s forum included Tim Drew, a Community College of Vermont student, and Jessica Grout, a senior at Vermont Technical College. Representatives from the following organizations and institutions also took part: Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont Technical College, the University of Vermont, Champlain College, Norwich University, Union Institute and University, New England Culinary Institution, College of St. Joseph, Vermont Law School, Marlboro College, Goddard College, Burlington College, St. Michael’s College, Johnson State and Southern Vermont College.Source: Welch’s office.
June 15, 2016 By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog On Monday, Governor Wolf, joined by Lt. Governor Mike Stack, Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis, and Physician General Dr. Levine, thanked police officers across the Commonwealth for reaching a milestone of 1,000 overdose reversals. The overdose reversal drug Naloxone was made available to law enforcement and emergency responders in April 2015. Fighting the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania is a top priority for the Wolf Administration.“Our effort to make naloxone available to first responders is a key part of our strategy, and it is paying dividends in lives saved,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud of the work of my administration, and I am proud to stand here today with the people who have made this life-saving work happen, most especially our police officers.”In addition to the governor and members of his administration, the event was attended by police officers, representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and individuals in the recovery community.Watch York County District Attorney Tom Kearney’s powerful front-line perspective on naloxone:Take additional look at the coverage below PennLive: Gov. Wolf, legislators recognize police for reaching 1,000 opioid overdose reversals“Naloxone is not the solution to everything, but it’s the start,” [Governor] Wolf said. Wolf is asking for $34 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year, to be matched with $18 million from the federal government, to fund 50 post-treatment centers for drug abuse victims.Post-Gazette: Anti-overdose drug Naloxone has saved 1,000 lives, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf announces“We’ve saved 1,000 lives with naloxone,” Mr. Wolf said. “That’s 1,000 people [for whom] we’ve had the possibility of getting a cure, and addressing the fundamental problems they suffer from.”The Times: 1,000 residents saved across the state by first responders using naloxone“My administration is committed to doing whatever we can to meet the challenge,” Wolf said.PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf celebrates over 1,000 lives saved by Naloxone (Video) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Wolf Administration Thanks Police Officers for Reaching 1,000 Overdose Reversals (Round-up)