The podcast this week is a conversation state Representative Ron Erhardt of Edina about the state of the state’s transportation system. Representative Erhardt, who chairs the Transportation Policy committee in the House, was recently elected to represent Edina as a DFL Democrat after serving many years representing Edina as a Republican. He was forced into switching parties after voting in 2008 for a controversial over-ride of then-Governor Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a state transportation funding bill. This places Representative Erhardt in the unique position of chairing a House transportation committee as both a Democrat and a Republican.
I sat down with him last week in his new office in the State Office Building on St Paul’s Capitol Hill to talk about his history fighting for transportation funding in Minnesota, and what to expect from the coming 2013 legislative session in transportation policy. I hope you enjoy the conversation.