At noon Thursday, the Legislative session resumed. Just outside the chambers in the Capitol rotunda, hundreds of protesters demanded that the legislature restore the General Assistance Medical Care program.
Funding for the program was vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty and the remaining funding was unallotted and money for the GAMC is expected to run out on March 31.
Legislators, lead by Senator Linda Berglin (DFL-Minneapolis), have introduced a bill to extend funding for the GAMC through next year. The program helps poverty-stricken citizens recieve medical care.
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Meanwhile, on the Capitol steps, the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout protested in favor of restoring the GAMC as well as advocating for a moratorium on home foreclosures. Such a moratorium was vetoed by Gov. Pawlenty in June 2008.