Governor Mark Dayton signs medical assistance pact, allows protesters to speak

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One of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s first acts as Governor was to sign executive orders accepting early medical assistance funding from the federal government and rescinding Governor Tim Pawlenty’s order that prevented Minnesota for applying for federal health care dollars. Protesters against health care reform brought signs and were making a ruckus in the room. Governor Dayton quieted them by allowing their representatives to speak, saying, “This is a democracy. The great thing about democracy is we can have different points of view. And this is an office where all points of view are honored and respected.”

He then signed the orders.