Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have given auto dealers “breathing room” on title transfers and other requirements because of delays with the MN-LARS state software system. The governor says he doesn’t disagree with the objective, but the legislature was “absolutely unwilling” to provide more funding to make MN-LARS functional. “As I’ve said before, I really believe there are legislators who want MN-LARS to continue to look as bad as possible, at least through November,” Dayton says. Bill sponsor, Republican Representative John Petersburg from Waseca responds, “That’s absolutely not true. We’re feeling the pinch from our constituents that are trying to get the drivers license too, and we need to help [get] this system working.”
Republicans resist putting more money into MN-LARS, saying they have no definite assurances that ongoing problems will be resolved.