Posted: 02/14/15 12:07, Edited: 02/14/15 12:09
by Dave Mindeman
Rep. Roz Peterson has an interesting hypocritical streak.
During the Commissioner salary kerfuffle, she has been an outspoken critic of Governor Dayton's decision to bring Commissioner salaries in line with the private sector. This meant some hefty one time raises - but considering that there had been an effective wage freeze for 12 years, the salary increases seem reasonable compared to the importance of the position.
Roz Peterson wants to take away the Governor's authority to set those salaries. An authority granted him by the legislature....which intended for him to find a way to get and keep good people for these positions.
Roz Peterson is also a hypocrite. As chair of the Lakeville School Board, she approved an raise for that district's superintendent to $187,000 plus a bonus. That would give the Lakeville superintendent, in charge of one school district, a salary that is significantly higher than the Commissioner of Education - even after the raise.
Yesterday, Peterson was quoted:
"At a time when take-home pay for families remains flat and some Minnesotans are still struggling to make ends meet, it's outrageous that the governor would approve enormous salary increases for commissioners and political appointees already making six-figure salaries."
Well, I guess the same could be said about the Lakeville superintendent, but apparently Roz Peterson is able to compartmentalize all of that.
Then their is the matter of "open meetings".
A "secret vote" by the Lakeville school board has called into question whether the board violated Minnesota's open-meeting law and has some residents demanding greater transparency. The six-member board took an anonymous vote earlier this month on which of them should be the next chairperson, vice chair, treasurer and clerk. Each member cast a ballot and outgoing chairwoman Roz Peterson tallied them. The vote was done during an open session, but who voted for whom wasn't shared since they didn't sign the ballots.
Now the excuse was that this was not an "official" vote because final action could not be taken until the January meeting. And the board thought it would avoid "animosity" going forward.
But, it also gave Roz Peterson, the outgoing chair, a chance to weigh in on her successor - and an ability to lobby for her personal choice if the vote leaned toward someone else.
The anonymous ballot was Peterson's idea, Volk said she believes. It was a way to "smooth things over with the board because it gets pretty personal."
Peterson pulled this secret/public thing again as the new legislator from her district....
Freshman Republican Representative Roz Peterson held a property tax listening session in Burnsville earlier this week. She advertised the public event through her official legislative email, her official Facebook page, and in the local paper. But then, at the event, they kicked a person affiliated with ABM out of the event.
I guess it was a "public" event in a sorta kinda way.
Roz Peterson advertised her listening session as a public event, but then at the door, Rep. Steve Drazkowski treated it like a private event, deciding who could and could not enter.
Roz Peterson seems to have standards regarding public service. There is the "Roz Peterson" standard and then there is the standard for the rest of us.
Peterson was the only Republican legislator that managed to defeat an incumbent DFLer in the suburbs during the last election. Because of that, the majority GOP House caucus is trying to give her a high profile.
But when you look at her record, that profile is pretty hypocritical and suspect. Every criticism she makes seems to reflect a flaw in her own record.
Roz Peterson is giving us a new standard in hypocrisy.