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Shumlin plans to discuss controversial land deal with neighbor

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Gov. Peter Shumlin Gov. Peter Shumlin
Jerry Dodge Jerry Dodge
EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. -

New developments in the land deal involving Governor Shumlin and his neighbor.

Jerry Dodge of East Montpelier agreed to sell his home and 16 acres to the governor for $58,000. But Dodge's family and friends have raised questions about Shumlin's deal-making with a man they describe as being of limited intellect. Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, has been harshly criticized over the deal.

Now the governor says he will enter into fresh talks with Dodge, but none have been scheduled. And the governor won't say much else until those new talks happen.

"We intend to enter into a conversation with Jerry as soon as we can. Nothing has been scheduled yet, but I look forward to having those conversations. In the interim I might add, as you know, I was happy to answer any questions about this with anyone that asked, I think it was last Friday. Now that we are going to enter conversations as neighbors, obviously it is my judgment that is best to have those conversations happen privately. So, until then I won't have any further comment," Shumlin said.

The governor says he wanted to help his neighbor avoid a tax sale. He says he's now happy to work to resolve their issues.

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