Way 4 – Invest in Transportation

Way4Marc Wayman’s job requires him to be available at different hours of the day. He recently moved from Vadnais Heights to St. Paul to be closer to better transit.

When he was living in the northeast metro, he said, “I couldn’t get anywhere without a car.” When his car broke down, he got another, but it broke down too.

Marc tried to depend on the bus to get to work, but it was a three-mile walk from his house to the bus stop, and service is limited to six buses a day — three in the morning and three in the afternoon. “It was a cut-off situation: unless I could make those times, I couldn’t get to work,” Marc said.

Marc is grateful he can now connect to transit options that allow for more flexibility and cost savings, but he recognizes that not everyone has that opportunity.

“Now I’m spending significantly less on transportation monthly,” he said. “I have many more bus options and it will be even better when light rail comes. I can get to my job, but for many people that’s still a challenge.”

Currently, only 25 percent of residents and 30 percent of jobs are within range of convenient transit — meaning service that runs at least every 30 minutes. “We need to get going,” Marc said.

Suburban and express bus services are some of the fastest growing in terms of ridership. But, fair and adequate revenues are needed to add more buses and expand coverage to help more Minnesotans get to their jobs or wherever they need to go.

Way 3 – Invest in Our Seniors

Way391-year-old Merle Krenzke is able to stay in her own Rochester home and out of a nursing home, thanks to her son Kevin and state investments in services for seniors.

Merle is legally blind and suffers from multiple health issues, including dementia. She is in a wheelchair and needs round-the-clock care for her basic needs, including dressing, bathing and meals.

Kevin has been his mother’s full-time caregiver for the last six years. He is one of thousands of Minnesotans who provide in-home care for family members under the state’s Personal Care Attendant service.

“I can give my mom so much more attention and care than she’d receive in a nursing home,” Kevin says. “It’s important to our family to keep her in her own home.”

Kevin is grateful for the state resources available to his mom. “Mom receives visits from nurses, a Lifeline alarm, and being a Personal Care Attendant allows me to stay home and take care of her,” he says.

Kevin believes additional state investments in services for people like his mom are critical.

“These services help seniors stay in their homes and save the state millions of dollars compared to the cost of nursing homes,” he says. “There’s no better investment than keeping families together and in their homes.”