Protest over GAMC cuts scheduled for governor’s mansion, around Minnesota

Groups unhappy with the governor’s dismantling of the General Assistance Medical Assistance program for some of the state’s poorest residents plan Tuesday protests around the state.

They plan to read the names of Minnesotans who will be affected by Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s unalotment of the program — one of his unilateral cuts to balance the state budget.

One thousand names will be read at a gathering in front of the governor’s mansion, 1006 Summit Ave., at 10 a.m. At similar gatherings around the state — announced so far are Winona, Moorhead, Duluth and Worthington — protesters also will read 1,000 names. Altogether, organizers hope to call out 33,000 names, which they say represents the average number of Minnesotans on GAMC in any given month.

Organizing the protests is a group call Save GAMC Coalition, led by TakeAction Minnesota, St. Stephen’s Human Rights Program and Catholic Charities’ Office of Social Justice.

DFL leaders in the Legislature have proposed some ways to restore the $292 million needed for the program, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been cool to the ideas suggested so far.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Mary Ness on 12/22/2009 - 07:59 am.

    Duluth will protest Gov. Pawlenty’s cuts to GAMC Tues, Dec22 at 10 am in front of the Federal Building – please join us!

  2. Submitted by Colleen Morse on 12/22/2009 - 12:38 pm.

    We had a great turnout in front of the Governor’s Mansion this morning. Legislator Paul Thissen was there to say a few words. He came as a concerned citizen. We read 1,000 names of GAMC recipients who are losing their coverage. I’m proud to be part of TakeAction Minnesota.

  3. Submitted by Jo Ann Tesar on 12/23/2009 - 08:07 am.

    Many thanks to the organizers of the GAMC coalition for organizing a great event yesterday. It was a somber experience to be reading the names of those whose lives will be detrimentally changed for ever. A special thanks to Senator John Marty who has always been a champion for people who are our most vulnerable and fighting to ensure that all have health care.

  4. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/23/2009 - 10:07 am.

    When are these “groups” going to announce their plans to launch the big leftist donation drive?

    If the 20 or so people that showed up to march around in front of the Gov’s house would have spent their time going door to door in the leftist neighborhoods of St. Paul, they no doubt would have collected enough donations to keep GAMC in business for the next ten years…..everyone knows how generous leftists are.

    They care.

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