A bill moving forward in the Minnesota Senate would give Governor Mark Dayton seven of the ten million dollars he requested to continue work on the troubled MN-LARS vehicle registration system — but the legislature would also review progress every three months. Rochester Senator Dave Senjem says, “We lack trust and confidence. I think that’s generally felt across Minnesota. We all get the e-mails. On the other hand, the agency’s got a job to do, they need to do it, and I think we’re offering them the tools.”
Elbow Lake Senator Torrey Westrom says Minnesotans hurt by problems with MN-LARS should be able to make claims, and any citations they received due to delays of license plates or tabs should be dropped. But the Senate committee left discussion of those issues for later.
Meanwhile a proposal moving forward in the Minnesota House would require Governor Dayton to get money for fixing MN-LARS by trimming other state agency budgets. Dayton says he will not “cannibalize” state government. Republicans respond taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for mistakes the Dayton administration acknowledges it made.