With Funding Approved, Work Resumes Fixing MNLARS

March 23, 2018 05:26 PM

After three weeks of debate, Governor Mark Dayton was finally able to sign a short-term emergency funding bill to continue work fixing the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS). Now that work is getting underway.

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"We lost two of our senior programmers which was unfortunate," Director of Projects for MNIT Dana Bailey said. "But the good news is we didn't lose anybody else. We still have all of that knowledge, we still have all that experience on the team."

One of the first things her team will focus on is releasing a software inventory system that will help county registrars manage their license plates and tabs. "Those registrars that are sitting on license tabs and license plates, they'll have something to do with those now," Bailey told KSTP on Friday.

The MNLARS bill signed by the governor on Thursday also includes accountability measures, like an information technology auditor who will require quarterly reports on how the money is being spent.

"I actually think the Republican position that this needs to be carefully monitored, that we've already spent a lot of money, that we don't want to throw good money after bad, that actually seems pretty reasonable to me," Brian Melendez said. Melendez is a former state DFL Party chair and a political analyst on "At Issue."

Republican analyst Annette Meeks agrees.

"Especially the hiring of an auditor ongoing so that as they spend what they guess is 40-more million of taxpayer dollars somebody's going to be keeping an eye on that to make sure real progress is happening," Meeks said.

Governor Dayton is seeking an additional $33 million on top of the $10 million passed this week.


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