Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt is forming a special legislative committee to look at ways state agencies can use technology to better serve Minnesotans and save taxpayer dollars. Daudt is critical of Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal, noting that the private sector doesn’t get to go to the taxpayers and say, we need more money. “They have to find it in the resources that they have,” Daudt says.
Dayton in his budget is asking for $125 million to upgrade digital infrastructure and enhance cybersecurity. Daudt points to already-available apps, saying the state doesn’t need to re-create the wheel and should not be in the computer programming business.