Posted: 10/19/14 23:57, Edited: 10/19/14 23:59
by Dave Mindeman
Where's Rep. Tara Mack?
Oh, I don't mean she's literally missing. Not by any means. She has been to forums and campaign meetings and fundraising events. She was recently at the local Chamber debate.
But she has missed some other meetings that directly involve her job. Meetings that have an effect on how she views health care in Minnesota.
In the legislature, Rep. Mack is on the Health and Human Services Policy Committee. She is also the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. And she is on the MNSure Legislative Oversight Committee. She has a lot to do with health care in Minnesota.
In August, Gov. Dayton made this announcement...
Governor Dayton today signed Executive Order 14-13 establishing a Blue Ribbon Committee on the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Committee will advise the Governor and Legislature on strategies and state investments to ensure the state's preeminent medical school is a national leader in medical training, research, and innovation.
An important topic regarding the future of health care policy and jobs in Minnesota. The paragraph at the bottom of the release indicated that the legislature would have 2 legislators (one Republican and one Democrat) from each of the legislative Houses. The legislator chosen to represent the entire minority caucus in the House was Rep. Tara Mack. It makes sense. She is the GOP lead on health care.
That committee had a meeting last Wednesday. Tara Mack DID NOT attend.
There is also a Healthcare Workforce Commission.
The Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission was created to study and make recommendations to the legislature on how to achieve the goal of strengthening the workforce in health care.
The commission deals with health care jobs. A topic that deals directly with Minnesota's future growth.
Rep. Tara Mack was appointed to that Commission, but has missed the last two meetings.
And then we can go back to March of this year, during the last session. A tax CUT bill was before the House. A bill that would "provide $503 million in tax relief to businesses and Minnesotans."
An important vote, but Rep. Tara Mack was not there to vote. Where was she?
State Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, was a guest speaker at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. Mack, who is one of CPAC's Top 10 conservatives under 40 years old, gave an eight minute speech on her political background, her conservative beliefs and what she characterized as the perils of the Affordable Care Act.
She was in Washington to receive an award. A very partisan award from a very partisan organization. She missed a tax bill vote in favor of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Congress. She used her speech time to criticize Democrats, Democratic policies, and of course the ACA.
Meanwhile, the tax bill did just fine. It passed overwhelmingly. But MPR was curious about her absence. She explained:
"I was honored to be recognized by a national organization for my leadership in Minnesota," Mack said. "I voted in support of the tax correction bill in committee, I support the bill now, and I plan on voting for this bill at final passage."
Yes, she was recognized....by a PARTISAN organization for partisan political leadership. Apparently she felt the tax bill didn't need her vote. Her district didn't need to be represented. I guess she feels that it was more important to represent her district at CPAC. Well, at least part of the district. Because she didn't represent all of us that day. A lot of Democrats and Independents don't care much about CPAC - and our idea of representation goes to votes in the legislature.
Rep. Tara Mack talks a lot about priorities when she talks about the legislature. Well, personal priorities show up in the things you take part in. Rep. Tara Mack should tell us what priorities are keeping her from her other duties on these commissions and committees.
If she is going to criticize Minnesota's current health care system, then she should be attending these valuable commission and committee opportunities to find the solutions.
Could we please have an explanation, Rep. Tara Mack?