Minnesota businesses that handle vehicle registration, titles and licensing told lawmakers Wednesday that despite a recent system update, they are still struggling with the state’s computer system for managing those transactions. The state’s information technology organization on Sunday rolled out its biggest release of system fixes and enhancements since it debuted the problematic Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) one year ago. State officials told lawmakers they are working with system users to prioritize remaining fixes, but can only do so much after they received less than one-quarter of the $43 million they requested from the Legislature this year. “Spending more money to fix gaps and defects is not where I would want to be, as a taxpayer,” given the decade it took to build the system, Prior Lake deputy registrar Deana Schweitzer said at a Wednesday meeting of the MNLARS Steering Committee. Deputy registrars like Schweitzer run offices across the state that handle licensing and vehicle-related services, and they said stress and costs have mounted since the new system launched last July. Minnesota Information Technology Services (MNIT) leaders said one of the notable updates made over the weekend gives state liaisons who work with deputy registrars the ability to… Read full this story
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