Advocates look to restore AIDS funding in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the battle to whittle down Rhode Island's deficit, state lawmakers reduced from $ 2.4 million to zero the amount appropriated for HIV medical care and prevention.

On Sunday, about 200 people gathered at the Statehouse to protest the cut. Ken Fish, of AIDS Project Rhode Island, urged Governor Carcieri to restore the funding immediately.

"He is the only person who can authorize overspending in the Department of Health in the absence of the General Assembly," Fish said. "The General Assembly will come back in the Spring but it's too late. We need help now."

He then urged everyone to take out their cell phones and call the Governor's office. And to make it extra easy he gave them the number.

As a consequence, the governor's voice mail box may be full this morning.