Secrecy is emerging as a reflex at all levels of government in Minnesota and across the nation. Mounting demands for corporate confidentiality, individual privacy and security have dramatically restricted the public’s right to know. Lobbyists representing local governments, law enforcement, and businesses are chipping away at Minnesota’s public records law. State legislators have added hundreds of exceptions to the public disclosure law, raising the number of secrecy provisions to at least 660.

An investigation by the Star Tribune looks at how the growing web of laws and rules allows for the rise in government secrecy that keeps Minnesotans in the dark.