Governor Tim Walz said he’ll ask lawmakers for an additional $16 million to continue repairs on the state’s troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System.

MNLARS has already cost the state about $100 million and Republican lawmakers have been leery of spending more without assurances that ongoing problems will be fixed.

Last session lawmakers approved an emergency appropriation of nearly $10 million and also passed a $9 million bill to reimburse deputy registrars for extra costs due to MNLARS troubles, but then-Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the second measure because he wanted a comprehensive solution.

Republican Representative Paul Torkelson from Hanska is urging Governor Walz to prioritize relief for deputy registrars, “Whose livelihoods have been devastated by MNLARS through no fault of their own.”