SAINT PAUL, MN – After the Office of the Legislative Auditor released its special review on the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), Senator Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson), chair of the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee, issued the following statement:
“I find the legislative audit to be troubling, frustrating, but not altogether surprising. From the beginning, the state of Minnesota was not equipped to handle a project of this scale and, even when confronted with that reality, state officials kept the project moving toward release. The audit makes clear where the problems lie: ineffective leadership and state agencies lacking the proper oversight, guidance, and technical ability for such a massive project.
“The legislature must address the bureaucratic roadblocks that prevented MNLARS’ success, but our first priority must be moving forward in making sure the people of Minnesota have a fully-functional, workable software that can sufficiently handle the thousands of vehicle transactions that occur each day.”
Newman told the Minnesota News Network, “At this point, I will honestly tell you I don’t know what the best course of action is, but it’s really a difficult question.”
Newman says he expects Governor Tim Walz will request between 50 and 100 million dollars to finish developing the system. Newman says it hasn’t been decided whether funding for MN-LARS will be continued, or if lawmakers will scrap it and start over.
Newman, is in his third term representing District 18, which includes communities in McLeod, Meeker, Sibley, and Wright counties.