Progress Report on Fixing MNLARS Issues to be Given

February 27, 2018 06:00 AM

Minnesota lawmakers will receive an update Tuesday on progress made to the state's troubled licensing and registration system, known as MNLARS.

The system has caused headaches for thousands of Minnesotans attempting to get vehicle tabs and licenses.

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System issues have also been very expensive to fix, putting lawmakers at odds.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking at the capitol as state officials want millions in funding by March 1. Republicans have been reluctant to move on that request.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and IT Services rolled out a roadmap for fixes last month.

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The proposal promises improvements over the next year and a half, but $43 million more would be needed to make it all happen.

After months of title, registration, and payment problems, some lawmakers are losing their patience with the system that has already cost $93 million.

"You think they could with $100 million and 10 years of time; we'd be able to build a new system that does work and works better than the old system," Paul Torkelson (R-District 16B) said. "What we have is this new system that doesn't work as well as the old system."

State officials said the funding would fix high-priority defects by July. Without it, officials said some repairs could take more than two years.

"The bones of this system are good, we just have to add a lot of meat onto it and that's what this roadmap represents," Dana Bailey, with Minnesota IT Services, said.

Just last week, Gov. Mark Dayton requested $10 million of immediate funding for the system.

Tuesday at noon, a pair of Republican state representatives will weigh in on the request and legislation set to be introduced.

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