Fearing cuts that will affect the most vulnerable, transit advocates rally at Minnesota Capitol

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Kristoffer Tigue Kathleen Murphy has been a life-long public transit user because of a congenital condition that prevents her from driving. “I have a hearing loss that I’ve had from birth,” she said. “So, my doctor said it’s best for me not to drive because I’d be in too many accidents.”Murphy, who recently turned 65, said she takes city buses and trains to do everything from buying food from the local grocery store to visiting friends in the Twin Cities from her Richfield home. But under Minnesota House Republicans’ current state budget proposal — which would drastically cut state funding to Metro Transit operational costs and eliminate future metro-area transit expansions like the Southwest light rail line — many people who depend...

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