DFL Legislators Discuss “Ski Wax” and “Loyalty” to Special Interests
It was great to receive a legislative update earlier this week from our elected officials in St. Paul at an event hosted by the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Public service is never easy, especially in today’s political climate, and the legislators deserve credit and respect for being involved.
However, with record levels of crime in the Twin Cities and its spread to the suburbs, it was extremely disappointing that the DFL legislators spent more time talking about ski wax than public safety.
Additionally, while the DFL legislators agreed with the aims of the Page Amendment, a constitutional amendment to improve educational outcomes and close Minnesota’s nation-leading education gap, they showed their true allegiance by declaring that their opposition stemmed from “loyalty to the teachers union” rather than what’s best for students.
Although they later caveated their answer with legitimate concern over the wording of the “quality” education requirement and possible litigation costs – a very valid and important concern that I share – that was secondary to “loyalty to the teachers union.”
Overall, the fact that any elected official has “loyalty” to a special interest, rather than the public interest, is unacceptable – especially when it concerns educational excellence and our students.
As a legislator, I will champion student interests, not special interests.