Minn. Officials, GOP Lawmakers Clash over MNLARS Funding

Updated: February 28, 2018 12:12 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say they need an emergency $10 million infusion to fix Minnesota's troubled new system for license plates and registrations. Republican lawmakers aren't ready to fork over more money.

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The bungled summer rollout of the platform known as MNLARS has caused months of frustration due to errors and delays processing license tabs and title renewals. Fixing that system is a critical focus of the legislative session, but it could come with a big cost.

Officials overseeing MNLARS repeated their request for $43 million to a House committee on Tuesday. That includes $10 million in emergency funding this week to keep ongoing work on track.

Top Republicans who control the Legislature balked at the request. Rep. Paul Torkelson says lawmakers shouldn't "just shovel out money" after is problematic launch.

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