Governor Tim Walz is making a broader pledge, after saying he supports a recommendation that the state pull the plug on the troubled MN-LARS vehicle registration system and replace it with commercially-available software:

“We will not tackle one of these software upgrades again and one of these technology upgrades without looking through… packaged software solutions.”

It’s estimated the MN-LARS software switch will cost an additional 20 million dollars in the current state budget.   Lead Republican Senator Scott Newman from Hutchinson says:

“For the first time in a very long time, I honestly feel that we see the end of the tunnel.”

But Newman isn’t saying yet whether the Senate will approve the additional money.