MNLARS could cost millions more to fix

February 16, 2019 09:06 AM

Even without a permanent commissioner of Minnesota IT Services in place, Gov. Tim Walz is preparing to ask for millions more to continue work on fixing the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS).

In the short term, he is looking for nearly $16 million for the fiscal year that runs through June 30. Republican Senator Scott Newman expects the governor to make a bigger request in his two-year budget proposal next week.


"I think the governor is going to ask for something between $50 million and $100 million dollars to complete MNLARS," Newman told 5 Eyewitness News.

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Meanwhile, the work on MNLARS continues despite the fact the MNIT commissioner post is the only cabinet position without a permanent leader in place. The acting commissioner is Bill Poirier, the state's chief technology officer.

"The fact that he is taking his time looking for the right person is a very good sign that he understands the importance of this," DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says of Governor Walz.

Poirier and Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington testified about a MNLARS audit report on Thursday. Harrington says the governor is focused on fixing MNLARS.

"Governor Walz said to me very clearly once we took office we are responsible and we are accountable for making this work," Harrington told lawmakers.

The governor will reveal his state budget proposal on Tuesday in St. Paul.


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