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Klobuchar: Cash for Clunkers computer problem fixed

The federal government has fixed a computer problem unique to Minnesotans participating in the Cash for Clunkers program, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Even though Minnesota ranks in the top ten in Cash for Clunkers participation, some Minnesotans have had trouble meeting the program's requirements due to a discrepancy between the federal program and Minnesota state policy regarding vehicle registration fees.

Minnesota dealers have requested more than $26 million in vouchers.

"Fixing the mechanics of the program and making sure that it works in conjunction with Minnesota's registration policies are necessary tune-ups," Klobuchar said. "My top priority right now is making sure that the rug isn't pulled out from under Minnesota dealers and Minnesota customers who have already participated in the program."

Cash for Clunkers regulations had required continuous registration before trading in the clunker. However, in Minnesota, a person may pay their vehicle registration fees late and still be considered continuously registered with the Minnesota Registrar. Many deals have been rejected under the Cash for Clunkers program because the program's regulations, up until today, did not accommodate this Minnesota policy.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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