SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A bill to fund the development of MNLARS for a few more weeks passed the Minnesota Senate today. The bill, Senate File 3133, provides less than one-third of the funding requested by the Dayton Administration and creates a legislative advisory committee to provide oversight. Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement.
“We’ve heard a lot this year about the problems in the MNLARS rollout, and after five long weeks, following months of hearings before session, we finally have our first opportunity to provide a solution from the Senate floor. It’s unfortunate it took this long and became such a political hot potato, but at least we took a step today.
“I’m concerned with the lack of funding in this bill for customer service – it doesn’t include payment for the very people out there on the front lines answering customer questions and providing support to the public. I’m also concerned that we’ll be right back in this same place in a few months because this bill doesn’t provide what MN.IT and Gov. Dayton have said is needed and the very highly employable programmers we have on contract will be looking for other opportunities.”