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Learning Lessons from MNLARS

It is clear the existing governmental legacy systems are outdated. It is also evident whenever an attempt is made to replace rather than once again retrofit these legacy systems it will likely result in an epic failure. Truly these systems need a wholesale change and are built from scratch, which is a far greater investment and a constant problem with government is the lowest cost bidder procurement system. Just because a company can bid low doesn’t mean they are the best hire for the job, often, they aren’t.

The problems with the state’s Licencing a Registration System (MNLARS) were evident before the start of the legislative session, there was an expressed need for expedience in this situation and House Republicans chose a different path of politics, which resulted in a protracted debate lasting 3 additional weeks. If you listened to the explanation on the House floor by Transportation Finance Committee Chair Rep Paul Torkelson (R-16B, Hanska) the message was loud and clear.

The House sought to have their position accounted for rather than readily accept the negotiated agreement between Governor Mark Dayton (DFL-MN) and the Senate. House Republicans wanted a pound of flesh from Dayton and sought his acceptance of responsibility. They argued not wanting to send good money after bad, but eventually agreed to the $10 million funding to be taken from the Budget Reserve rather than a current Administration Department and they had originally called for in their bill, which forced the conference committee.

If people are trying to get a fix on this session, they should reread our article Speaker Says “We Don’t Need Anything”. It is apparent those who want something to happen this legislative session are running uphill when relying on the House. If it is not already obvious 2018 is an election year, and the House is up for election. Every single item addressed this legislative session is being accessed in political terms. The Bonding Bill will be a bag of gifts brought back to districts with Republican members who need to show their specific value to their communities. The needs for wastewater treatment, roads and bridges are spread universally across the state especially in rural communities. The needs in Higher Education are not keeping pace with the advancement in technology or in the infrastructure on every campus. Dayton has put forward a $1.5 billion Bonding Bill, but Republicans seem to catch the plague if a number discussed ever approaches a billion.

The House approach to MNLARS is something we expect will be a consistent theme throughout this session.

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Listen to the Sue Jeffers show on 1130 AM Saturday at 4:00 pm and hear Checks & Balances Publisher Shawn Towle discuss a wide range of political topics with the host. One of the issues we expect will be covered is Ranked Choice Voting.

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Student’s Stage a Die-In

Students from a number of Southwest Minneapolis Schools came to the State Capitol and staged a Die-In in front of the House Chamber while it was in session. They remained mostly silent and immobile on the floor where some had small paper signs with slogans like,...

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The Pawlenty Pitch

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) sent out the following email to past supporters and he highlights a number of ideas and asks for people to declare their support by Sunday. We expect this means there is some type of announcement set for next week. He calls into...

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