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.