By James Eli Shiffer, Star Tribune
“Trying to get information out of the government can feel like standing in a Soviet bread line. Except that the bread has gone stale and inedibly hard by the time you reach the front of the queue.
That’s often what happens when you file public records requests with federal, state and local agencies. The length of time government takes to hand it over, whether intentional or not, can make the data so old that it’s next to useless.”