Saying that Rep. Paul Torkelson’s op-ed is scathing is understatement. Chairman Torkelson’s op-ed is a line-in-the-sand statement op-ed.

First, Chairman Torkelson wrote “The Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee held hearings to find out what was going wrong. We’ve dedicated thousands of hours between legislators and staff responding to and fielding complaints from Minnesotans about the troubles they’re seeing. We’ve held several hearings to demand answers from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration officials. We were told the problems were fixable and that the issue was not money-related.”

Next, Chairman Torkelson wrote “The problem is, the Dayton administration cannot guarantee the massive amount of funding they’re asking for will make MNLARS fully functional in the next year. We are committed to working with the Dayton administration to fix the problem, as Minnesotans deserve hassle-free trips to the DMV, but we will not give Governor Dayton a blank check. Until we receive some specific answers, assurances that those responsible for this mess are being held accountable, and a new direction that will likely involve outside technology experts, the legislature has no plans to throw good money after bad. Minnesota taxpayers deserve nothing less.”

Before he became governor, Dayton was the worst of 100 U.S. senators. During Gov. Dayton’s watch, we’ve had to endure the MNsure and MNLARS fiascoes. What’s to trust about Gov. Dayton? After reading this, I don’t trust Gov. Dayton:

A recent KMSP-TV investigative report found that three years ago a MNLARS analyst told the Governor’s Office directly that the program was “headed for a cliff,” and in a secret recording the Governor’s Chief of Staff told this analyst she was going to look into it.

That chief of staff is now employed in the private sector. Isn’t that a coincidence?

It’s obvious that the DFL, aka the Party of Big Government, is incompetent. Electing another DFL governor just means 4 more years of stunning incompetence.

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