Republican lawmakers are outraged the Dayton administration wants an additional 43 million dollars to fix and add features to the state’s troubled vehicle registration system, after nearly 100 million dollars was already spent. State I-T Department projects director Dana Bailey says they know how difficult it is for Minnesotans. “Unfortunately it is at this point our only option. There is no product to buy off of the shelf,” Bailey says. Republican Representative Paul Torkelson says for months the Dayton administration denied there were problems, and now “they’ve come back and demanded another 43 million dollars or they will start shutting down some of the functionality of the system. I am shocked.”
State I-T officials say unless approval is likely for at least a “chunk” of the funding, on March 1st they’ll start taking outside contractors off the project.