Fifty-five million dollars to begin transitioning to commercially available software before pulling the plug on the problem-ridden MN-LARS driver and vehicle registration system — that’s in a transportation budget bill the Minnesota Legislature passed. Hanska Republican Paul Torkelson:

“Thankful that the governor has hit this head-on and is willing to address it, but it’s gonna take a lot of money and it is a little bit alarming just how much money’s involved.”

There are also 13 million dollars to reimburse deputy registrars for extra expenses caused by problems with MN-LARS. But Torkelson says that’s only for past losses — and they must continue using the flawed system until a new one replaces it.