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Tracking Shumlin's travel schedule

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Gov. Peter Shumlin shared the stage with President Barack Obama Wednesday in Connecticut, as the region mulls a substantial hike in the minimum wage.

"I'm very grateful that the president is coming in to give our regional governors a lift and saying let's get this right together," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

But some wonder if the governor has spent too much time out of state.

"I think governors in general have to be very careful with their travel as they go out of state," said Mike Smith, a GOP analyst and administration secretary to former Vt. Gov. Jim Douglas.

Shumlin's predecessor, Jim Douglas, also spent time out of state in his role as head of the National Governors Association.

Smith tells us there's political risk associated with leaving the Green Mountains.

Within the past 30 days, the governor traveled extensively while working on issues for the National Democratic Governors Association, of which he is the chairman. He flew to Las Vegas, Washington and Puerto Rico. Wednesday, he's in Connecticut.

Along with time spent on issues like health care, the minimum wage and opiate addiction, he's also raising money for Democrats, and possibly his own re-election campaign.

"It can't be perceived that you are more interested in either a national position or a national issue than you are in the fate of Vermont," Smith said.

"It's part of my job," Shumlin said.

Shumlin says the state has created 11,000 new jobs since he stepped into office in the midst of the economic recession. He says his job is to make Vermont a better state to live, work and raise a family in.

"Vermonters will judge me not by how many days I'm where, but whether we're getting results," Shumlin said.

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