Torkelson, Baker say Dayton should get MNLARS money from his own budget

Minnesota House Transportation Finance Chairman Paul Torkelson of Hanska, and Representative Dave Baker of Willmar, say they’ve found a way to meet Governor Dayton’s $10 million request to keep Minnesota’s floundering drivers licensing and registration system afloat – force the Governor’s Office to pay for it.

Torkelson is authoring legislation giving the executive branch the authority to find that $10 million within other areas of the administration’s budget to pay for a fix to the MNLARS program. Torkelson said no one wants MNLARS to shut down and he wants improvements to continue quickly, but after nearly ten years and $100 million spent on a program that doesn’t work, he says it’s time for the Dayton administration to come up with the cash.

Torkelson announced his bill at a news conference Tuesday along with committee member and bill co-author Representative Dave Baker of Willmar at his side. Baker said, “This bill gives the governor the chance to start to make this right and show that he is serious when he says he takes responsibility for the mess that has unfolded on his watch. Like many Minnesotans, we’re fed up — it’s time to clean up the mess and do it the right way.”

(JP Cola, KWLM)

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